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Native Pond Plants


Planting some plants, such as marsh marigold or lady’s mantle, around the pond edges will give some cover for frogs, toads or newts to hide amongst. The ponds surface should be 50% free of pond plants such as water lillies, so there is some light for submerged plants. Water lilies are grown in pots that are placed on the ponds base, and the leaves and flowers float. Submerged plants grow totally underwater. These are great for creating oxygen in the pond.

Native British pond plants are best for a wildlife pond.Examples;

FLOATING - Water lily, common water-crowfoot, frogbit.

POND EDGES - Marsh marigold, globeflower, pillwort, brooklime, watermint, lesser spearwort, water forgot-me-not.

SUBMERGED - Water violet, rigid hornwort.


It is possible to add a bog garden / mini wetland next to your pond, this is achieved by adding soil onto pond lining or old plastic compost bags etc. This will prevent the water draining away, making the soil boggy, and ideal for pond edging plants.