Plants exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide through their leaves, so any plant that grows with leaves underwater is adding oxygen to the water. Some of these "oxygenating" plants are completely submerged and some are grown nearer the surface where they flower when they reach the surface and are great for attracting bees and other pollinators. They provide shelter and cover for aquatic wildlife and food and protection for young amphibians. Last but not least, they help to keep your water clean and healthy: they add oxygen (which is essential for aquatic critters and the micro-organisms that digest organic waste in the pond) and compete with algae by absorbing nutrients!
All of the potted oxygenators are happy planted in shallow water where the water level is an inch above the top of the pot. Many can go deeper than that if you start them on a shallow area nearer the surface then lower them gradually over several weeks to their final position. The bunched oxygenators can usually go up to 60cm under the surface. If you need help choosing a variety, just ask and we'll be happy to talk you through our favourites!
Full Sun - the plant is happy to grow in full sun with no shade
Part Shade - the plant is happy to grow in a pond that is shaded for some of the day
Max Height - the plant can grow this tall after 5 years
Max Spread - the plant could spread sideways this far after 5 years
Bee Friendly - the plant flowers and attracts bees and other pollinators
Frog Friendly - the plant offers protection for underwater wildlife
Oxygenator - the plant has underwater leaves which add oxygen to the water
Flowers - the plant usually flowers in these months
UK Native - the plant is naturally found in Great Britain
Water Depth - how much water the plant can stand in (measured from the top of the pot)
Our pond plants are available through the spring, summer and early-autumn months. We have a wide selection of potted pond plants in stock to come and choose from, or you can order them through the website for collection or local delivery. If you don't live locally, we can also post our pond plants out to you, but to survive the postal system they will need to be sent as a 'bare root' plant, which means we send them to you without the pot and compost. If you need pots and compost, you can order them separately!
We have a rolling selection pf pond plants which changes day-by-day as stock arrives and sells out. For an up-to-date list of what we have in stock before you order, check our POND PLANT STOCK list or contact us. If you place an order for something we don't have, we'll get in touch straight away to give you the option of substituting for something else, waiting for the next shipment to arrive, or cancelling your order.