Interactive Plant Type Selector
Click on an area of the pond in the image below to browse pond plants suitable for the selected area…
Choosing the right plants
Important factors for consideration
The most important factors to bear in mind are: the size, depth and location of the pond and your own personal gardening style. The single most common problem I come across is ponds with no shelves, or shelves that are far too deep. The vast majority of marginal plants like to be covered by no more than a few centimetres of water; 1cm is far better than 15cm in most cases. Similarly, many people seem to think that water lilies need to be a metre deep or more; in fact most prefer half that depth.
Die-hard environmentalists will wish to use only native plants; at the other end of the spectrum a jungly tropical look can be achieved in mild areas or if some plants can be given winter protection. There is absolutely no sound ecological reason not to use some non-native plants if you like them. They all provide habitat, nectar and food. I do not sell any invasive non-native plants and never have done. Some of the native ones can be invasive and I clearly state this in the plant description.
If you are a beginner you could select one of my pond packs; these contain a nice variety of problem-free, non-invasive plants to give interest throughout the season and include the baskets. If you don’t need baskets then you can choose accordingly.
The most common mistakes are: using plants that are too vigorous for the size of the pond, or placing the plant in a situation that is too wet or not wet enough for it, usually the former. Most plants will be happy in permanently moist soil but many moisture loving plants resent standing in water permanently, though they may be ok during the main period of growth in summer.
I am happy to discuss your particular situation in detail and advise on the most suitable plants; there is absolutely no obligation. The best way to do this is on the telephone, as it is very time consuming for me to type out reams of different possibilities on email. I do ask that you phone me please. Brief email queries will be answered promptly.
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. As of July 2020 there is a minimum order value of £15.00. 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
These comprise typically 8-10 strands held together with a small lead weight strip, ready for potting or placing directly in the pond. 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!
Some plants are available in sizes other than standard, e.g. 2 litre pots or 3 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 tall, new growth will soon be produced.
What Our Customers Say
Mr DR 24.04.19
The plants arrived safely this morning. The plants look superb. Thank you
MR DC 08.05.19
The plants arrived promptly and in very good condition. There were in fact a few rooting sections so it was more than I was expecting. They all look fresh and are already in my pond. Very good service!
Ms Karen Rich 17th April 2020
We received the plants this morning in superb condition and are really pleased with the plants you sent. The packaging was excellent, you’ve obviously done this before!
They are now planted in the pond and garden and we are looking forward to seeing them flourish…hopefully.
We will definitely be recommending you to our neighbour and will know where to come in future.
Mrs RG 02.04.19
Thank you DavidThe plants arrived safely today and they look great. As it is so cold I am not sure whether to plant them out straight away or to leave it for a couple of days. How long should they be ok packaged for?