Ordering Advice

To place an order you simply need to click on the plant you are interested in; this will open up a new page giving much more detail including size and number options together with prices. The default position is that the option is available unless shown as out of stock. Select the combination you require and click the Add to Basket button. 

When you have added all the required items, check your basket, amend if necessary and proceed through the payment process.There is a minimum order value of £20.00. Once the order has been confirmed and paid it is not possible to change it. If you have made a major mistake then please let us know immediately and we will do our best to rectify it.

Plant size and format descriptions

(all plants come with labels)

This is our speciality and is by far the best value format. These plants cost typically about half as much as the P9 potted equivalent, and since potted plants still need to be knocked out of their pots and repotted into bigger ones, it really makes no sense to spend twice as much on them.

It comprises a plant of an equivalent size to that you would plant in a P9 to 1 litre size pot, which is a mature plant which can be expected to flower the same year if ordered at least a month before its normal flowering period. The actual physical size will vary greatly according to the species and the time of year, some plants are tiny (e.g. Anagallis and Baldellia), and others much larger, like reed mace and irises. I recommend that they are potted into a minimum of a 2 litre mesh pot; even larger for taller plants. Baskets for bare root plants need to be purchased separately; see Baskets and Sundries.

Bare Root water lilies are sold as equivalent to that planted in a 3 litre pot unless otherwise stated and should be planted in a 3 litre or larger pot. Some lilies are offered in smaller sizes and this is self explanatory.

These comprise typically 8-10 strands held together with a small lead weight strip, ready for potting or placing directly in the pond. Please note that the lead weight may be insufficient to sink the bunch and while they will survive like this for a long time, they are better potted up or at least submerged. Some oxygenators, eg  Ranunculus hederaceus, are supplied loose, as they are too short to bunch. At certain times of year when some oxygenators are brittle they will be supplied loose and not bunched.

Floating plants like frogbit are sold as portions; early in the season frogbit plants are tiny and portions will seem small. Later on, once they get going, portion sizes will look more generous. All floating plants take up nutrients and provide surface cover, helping with the battle against algae, however please note that a single frogbit plant bought in June will not solve your algae problem on its own!

These are plants rooted and established in a solid black 8x8x9cm pot with label. This is a starter size pot and they will typically need to be immediately potted on into larger mesh pots, unless being planted direct into soil or gravel. I recommend using at least a 2 litre sized pot in most cases and generally prefer 5 litre pots to give stability and sufficient nutrients for a fast growing healthy plant.

These are even more substantial plants rooted into a one litre square mesh pot with label. They can often remain in these pots for the current season but will need to be potted on and/or divided the following year. Taller and bulkier varieties eg Lythrum and Pontederia will benefit from being potted on immediately into bigger pots for growth and stability.

These are delivered in 3 litre mesh pots with a label, and can be simply lowered into the depth appropriate to the variety. They are mature, rooted, flowering sized plants and will flower the same season, provided that summer is not already over! Moisture loving plants are supplied in solid pots without a handle.

Waterlilies are available in a variety of pot sizes, the most common and best value being 3 litre, which are full sized flowering plants. These pots have a handle and label and can be simply lowered into the appropriate depth of water. Smaller sizes may not have handles and may take a further season to flower.

Some plants are available in sizes other than standard, e.g. 2 litre pots or 5 litre pots. Moisture loving plants will be rooted in black solid pots of the size described. Marginal plants will be rooted in black mesh pots of the size described. Both options will be cut back for boxing and shipment if the plants are taller than the biggest box (about 90cm), new growth will soon be produced.

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Customer Reviews

What Our Customers Say

Mrs KS 31.03.19

Dear David
Thank you for fulfilling my recent order. The plants arrived in peak condition, perfectly safe in their packs as usual: you really have got it down to a fine art!
They are planted in my new pond and getting their growth organised in their new situation. Thanks for the handy planting tips on your website: Potentilla palustris is a bit baffling to know how to plant but hopefully it will take successfully.
The plants I bought from you for my other pond last year have responded in surprising ways to their new home: given your warning about the ‘picky’ habitat preferences of Fontinalis antpyretica I had accepted that it may not survive in my pond. I was completely wrong as it absolutely loves it and bloomed into huge cushion-like colonies occupying a high percentage of the water volume. Similarly, a tiny stray wisp of milfoil that happened to arrive clinging to a bit of newspaper, so I tossed it in anyway, is now the dominant oxygenator. Hippuris vulgaris abandoned the shallow margins where I planted it and set off happily for deep water. Amphibious bistort absolutely hated my pond and died forthwith. Never a dull moment! Many thanks for supplying the best water plants out there. I wouldn’t buy from anyone else.

Mrs EL 02.03.19

Dear David,
Thank you for your email. All the plants arrived very well packed and all look healthy.

Mr D K 30th April 2020

The plants arrived this AM and are now in situ in the pond. I am delighted with these and it is evident that you take great care in propagation and delivery. They were fresh, moist and healthy. Thank you for your care.

Mrs JJ 03.04.19

Hi there
My plants arrived today and I am more than pleased with quality and service.
I would not hesitate to recommend you to others.

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