With all the different types and species of aquatic plants out there, it’s no wonder some of us can get stuck on what to have in their pond.
Aquatic plants are so important, they provide shade for your pond, help with water clarity and pond quality. They really are an essential must have in order to maintain a healthy pond ecosystem.
10 Aquatic Plants for your Pond
Water soldiers, stratiotes aloides
Water soldiers are a type of floating plant, where in the summer will rise up and float on the surface of the pond and in the winter, they retreat and sink into the ponds depths. They are unique looking and a lovely addition to anyone’s water garden.
Yellow flag iris, iris pseudacorus
Any iris is a lovely addition to any pond, the Iris pseudacorus is a marginal plant that flowers yellow buds, dragonflies love it and you’ll love it too.
Water mint, mentha aquatica
Known for it’s minty aroma, this plant is perfect for adding a fragrance to your pond that you’ll never want to walk away from. This is best grown on the pond edging or in bog areas of your pond.
Purple Loosestrife, Lythrum Salicaria
Beautiful purple flowers that add a pop of colour into your pond or lake. Perfect for wildlife such as bees and butterflies!
Spiked water milfoil, myriophyllum spicatum
An oxygenating plant that floats and grows near the surface area of your pond. This plant is great for shading your pond and also provides good protection for amphibians found in ponds.
White water lily, Nymphaea alba
You can’t go wrong with a water lily in your pond. The white water lily is the most common lily in the UK. They are great for adding colour to your pond when it flowers and again, perfect for providing shade.
Hornwort, Ceratophyllum demersum
Often mistaken for the “Spiked water milfoil”, the Hornwort is another oxygenating plant which also provides shelter for newts and frogs.
Water crowfoot, Ranunculus aquatilis
A perfect plant that sits on the surface of your pond, giving shade and cover for amphibians. This plant flowers in may time with beautiful white petals.
Water forget-me-not, Myosotis scorpiodes
The water forget-me-not is one of my favourite marginal plants that you can add to your pond. This is a long flowering plant that grows from March all the way through to September. This marginal plant is grown in wet soil but it can also be fully submerged. Newts absolutely adore it, giving them safe haven when laying eggs.
Marsh marigold, Caltha palustris
The marsh marigold produces yellow flowers which are full of pollen for your bees and tall stems for dragonfly nymphs. Simply Perfection.
Thank you for reading, we hope to have inspired you with the above list. Please note, these plants are not in any particular order, we just feel your pond would benefit from them.
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