Now that you have your pond built and ready to go, we need to populate it with the right assortment of plants that will turn it into a vibrant nature space.
Building the perfect ecosystem
Ponds require a range of different plants and wildlife in order to be healthy and sustainable.
We recommend populating your pond with a diverse selection from each of the six aquatic plant categories: Water Lilies, Marginals, Oxygenators, Floating, Deep Water, and Moisture Lovers.
When combined they create a thriving ecosystem, helping to support wildlife and maintaining the bio-chemical properties of the water. If one of these aspects falls out of balance, then problems such as invasive overgrowth and algae can emerge. It’s also important to check information about the plants you’re choosing, to ensure they establish well and survive in your pond.
Be sure to read the details on each individual plant page as there you will find useful and essential tips about maintaining them.
Our Recommendations for Small Ponds at Plants and Garden
1. Water Lilies
The crowning jewel of any pond is the water lily. Elegant, colourful and diverse, there are many to choose from. They attract pollinators and provide shelter for aquatic life. Many water lilies can grow prolifically so it’s best to choose dwarf types for smaller ponds. Planting Recommendations: Dwarf (inc 1ltr and 2ltr) - 1 per square metre
Medium (inc. 1ltr and 3ltr) - 1 per 1-2 square meters
Marginals form the foundations to an aesthetically and ecologically balanced pond. They provide structure and much needed support to pond life.
Planting Recommendations: 9cm and 1ltr - 3 per 1-2 square meters 3ltr - 1 per 1-2 square meters
Oxygenator plants are essential for any pond as they help to maintain the water. They support local wildlife, and generally keep the pond healthy. If you have fish and other animals then oxygenators are an absolute must. In a new pond two 9cm pots of oxygenators per square meter is recommended.
Pack of 3 or 5 bunches per 1 square metre
9cm and 1ltr - 3 per 1-2 square meters
Floating plants sit along the surface of the water. Some of them have roots that extend to the bottom, while others are free-floating. Floating plants provide shelter to the aquatic life below, and regulate the amount of sunlight that comes into the pond. Planting Recommendations:
Pack of 3 or 5 per 1-2 square meters. We recommend that between 30-50% of the surface of the water is kept clear of vegetation.
5. Deep Water
These submerged aquatic plants are more tolerant to shade and provide valuable cover for fish and other aquatic life. They are great alternatives to water lilies. Planting Recommendations: 9cm and 1ltr - 3 per 1-2 square meters 3ltr - 1 per 1-2 square meters
6. Moisture Lovers
Moisture lovers prefer damp, boggy environments. They enjoy partially shaded areas with lots of moisture, and support local wildlife such as amphibians. Planting Recommendations: 9cm and 1ltr - 3 per 1-2 square meters 3ltr - 1 per 1-2 square meters
You can select sizes using the filter below. On each product page you can find useful information such as: Info, Character, Planting, Delivery.