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Marginals

Marginal plants are key for creating a healthy balanced pond, as well as providing height, colour and interest to your planting scheme. These plants will attract a variety of flying insects, whilst their foliage will give aquatic wildlife shelter for hiding and nesting.

True marginal plants can tolerate waterlogged soil, or water over their crown, all year round. They are typically found around the margins of ponds, in shallow water. When planting marginals it is important to refer to the recommended planting depth. This refers to the depth of water tolerated above the crown of the plant, typically the depth of water above the soil level. A plant that prefers a planting depth of 0-10cm can be grown anywhere from waterlogged soil (0cm) up to 10cm of water above the crown.

Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'

Slender Sweet Flag 'Ogon'
Stock 6 in stock
Description Semi-evergreen, growing in wide fans, this plant forms into large low growing clumps. It has striking, narrow, bright yellow leaves, striped with yellow-ish green.

Acorus gramineus variegatus

Variegated Slender Sweet Flag
Stock 4 in stock
Description Semi-evergreen, growing in short wide clumps. It has narrow, green leaves, striped with creamy-yellow.

Anemopsis californica

Apache beads
Stock 19 in stock
Description An attractive scented plant ideal for shallow water. Their green leaves turn red in autumn and once dried can be used for potpourri. Their seeds are often used as beads for necklaces hence it’s common name.

Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'

Harlequin Plant
Stock 4 in stock
Description An attractive plant with variegated red, cream and green leaves from late spring through to early autumn, producing brightest colours when positioned in full sun. Its summer flowers have yellow flower spikes, with four white petals at the base.

Houttuynia cordata 'Plena'

Orange Peel Plant
Stock 3 in stock
Description A lovely pond plant with a long flowering period, from May to September. Its leaves smell of orange peel.

Iris louisiana 'Ann Chowning'

Iris 'Ann Chowning'
Stock 3 in stock
Description A stunning iris with cherry red falls and a bright yellow signal, set off beautifully against its light green strap like leaves.

Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock'

Iris louisiana 'Gamecock'
Stock 10 in stock
Description A stunning iris with dark purple falls and a bright yellow signal.

Iris louisiana 'Hush Money'

Iris louisiana 'Hush Money'
Stock 3 in stock
Description Stunning

Scirpus cernuus

Fibre optic plant
Stock 19 in stock
Description A fantastic native evergreen oxygenator / marginal that has a place in most garden ponds.

Typha minima

Miniature Bulrush
Stock 49 in stock
Description Also known as Miniature Reedmace, this Typha has perfect miniature form, producing round, brown coloured seed heads, ideal for adding interest to a pond margins. This is the only typha suitable for small to medium garden ponds. It will spread steadily, but is still best contained to a basket.

Zephyranthes candida

White Rain Lily
Stock 3 in stock
Description A deciduous or evergreen perennial with a stunning white crocus like flower in late summer.

Acorus calamus

Sweet Flag
Stock Sold out
Description A non-invasive clump-forming green rush with sweetly scented leaves and horn shaped blooms. Will steadily spread in shallow water or wet ground.

Anagallis tenella

Bog Pimpernel
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Description A fantastic marginal to help hide pond liners and creep amongst rocks and pebbles. The rose pink flowers smell of honey.

Baldellia ranunculoides

Lesser water plantain
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Description Lesser water plantain is a tiny slow growing native plant producing pale lilac / white flowers.

Butomus umbellatus

Flowering Rush
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Description A tall British native rush that has long, narrow, dark green leaves and produces pretty umbrella headed pink flowers. This plant is perfect for providing egg laying sites for adult dragonfly as well as perching and roosting sites.

Caltha palustris 'Alba'

White Himalayan Marigold
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Description This is a great plant for introducing colour in early spring. It produces delicate white flowers. After flowering it will die back, occasionally appearing for a second flowering in autumn.

Caltha palustris

Marsh Marigold
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Description Also known as King Cup and Cow Lily, this is a great plant for introducing colour in early spring, producing large yellow buttercup like flowers. After flowering it will die back, occasionally appearing for a second flowering in autumn.

Caltha palustris 'Plena'

Double Marsh Marigold
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Description A more ornamental version of the Marsh Marigold

Carex Muskingumensis

Musk Sedge
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Description A great architectural plant, adding height and depth to your marginal border. Musk sedge is semi-evergreen, producing feathered, finely tapering, light green foliage.

Carex pseudocyperus

Cyperus Sedge
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Description A tuft forming perennial with bright yellow-green foliage and abundant bristly green or brown flower heads.

Dichromena colorata

Star Grass
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Description An unusual marginal producing star shaped flowers.

Equisetum hyemale

Dutch Rush
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Description A robust evergreen perennial grown for it’s architectural and winter interest. Equisetum are also known as horsetails so must be grown in containers to restrict their rhizomes.

Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo'

'Boo Boo'
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Description A lovely pond plant with a long flowering period, from May to September. Its crinkle effect, scented leaves turn bright red in autumn.

Iris laevigata 'Snowdrift'

Iris 'Snowdrift'
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Description Producing double white flowers, this iris puts on quite a display. Pure white falls are marked with a yellow signal, while the standards are flashed with lilac.

Iris laevigata 'Variegata'

Iris 'Variegata'
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Description This iris has distinctive green, narrow leaves heavily striped with creamy-white. It produces flowers with purple-blue falls marked with a white signal.

Iris laevigata 'Weymouth Blue'

Iris 'Weymouth Blue'
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Description This vibrant iris has light green, arching, sword-like leaves, and flowers with purple-blue falls marked with a white signal.

Iris louisiana 'Her Highness'

Iris 'Her Highness'
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Description An elegant iris with strap-like, mid to bright green leaves, and flowers with creamy-white falls marked with a yellow signal.

Iris pseudacorus 'Alba'

Iris 'Alba'
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Description A native aquatic iris, its flowers have creamy white-pale yellow falls marked with a yellow signal delicately outlined with charcoal grey.

Iris pseudacorus 'Bastardii'

Iris 'Bastardii'
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Description A great performer, with greyish green strap-like foliage producing flowers marked with cream-pale yellow falls.

Iris pseudacorus 'Creme de la creme'

Iris 'Creme de la creme'
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Description The crème de la crème! A lovely iris with sword shaped, grey green leaves, and flowers displaying creamy-white falls with delicate purple veins.

Iris pseudacorus

Yellow Flag
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Description A native aquatic iris, it has bright yellow falls marked with a yellow signal.

Iris robusta 'Gerald Derby'

Iris 'Gerald Derby'
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Description This iris has attractive arching deep purple-black stems coming from long green leaves with purple staining at the base. Each stem produces 4 or 5 flowers with purple-blue falls, marked with a yellow and white signal and dark purple-blue veins.

Iris versicolor 'Kermesina'

Iris 'Kermesina'
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Description A beautiful iris with strappy green leaves, branched stems bearing up to 5 flowers with plummy reddish purple falls, marked with a yellow and white signal and purple veins.

Juncus ensifolius

Flying Hedgehogs
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Description Bright and upright marginal with spiky hedgehog like seed heads.

Juncus maritimus

Sea Rush
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Description A feathery native rush.

Lobelia fulgens 'Queen Victoria'

Cardinal Flower
Stock Sold out
Description This short lived herbaceous perennial will bring a late splash of summer colour, with deep purple leafed stems and bright scarlet flowers.

Luronium natans

Floating Water Plantain
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Description Floating Water Plantain

Mazus reptans 'Albus'

White Chinese Marshflower
Stock Sold out
Description A white version of the Chinese Marshflower; this low growing, creeping perennial is an excellent plant for very shallow margins and beach areas (not submerged). It will form dense mats of green foliage, and produce masses of blue-lilac flowers with gold spotted white centres.

Mazus reptans

Chinese Marshflower
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Description This low growing, creeping perennial is an excellent plant for very shallow margins and beach areas (not submerged). It will form dense mats of green foliage, and produce masses of blue-lilac flowers with gold spotted white centres.

Mentha aquatica

Water Mint
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Description A true native plant with strong scented pink-lilac flowers. Great for attracting bees and other pollinating insects.

Mentha cervina

Water Spearmint
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Description Slower growing than Mentha aquatica. A bee friendly plant.

Menyanthes trifoliata

Bog Bean
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Description A fast growing plant with lovely bright green foliage. Bog bean is often the first flowering plant on the pond producing white, star shaped flowers tipped with pink.

Mimulus cardinalis

Scarlet Monkey Flower
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Description A clump forming perennial, bearing 2-lipped red flowers throughout the summer months.

Mimulus ringens

Lavender Musk
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Description Also known as Monkey Flower, this perennial has tall, delicate stems with long narrow leaves and produces tubular lilac flowers in late summer.

Myosotis palustris

Water forget-me-not
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Description Water forget-me-not

Myosotis scorpioides 'Snowflake'

White Water Forget Me Not
Stock Sold out
Description White flowers.

Pilularia globulifera

Pepper Grass
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Description Pepper Grass

Pontederia cordata lanceolata

Giant Pickerel Weed
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Description A larger variety of the standard Pontederia cordata. This plant produces much taller blue-lilac flowers over 1 metre in height.

Pontederia cordata

Pickerel Weed
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Description A favourite of ours, this marginal perennial is perfect for giving some late summer colour to the pond, producing tall erect heart shaped leaves with dense blue-lilac flower spikes.

Sagittaria sagittifolia

Arrowhead
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Description With distinct arrowhead shaped leaves, this perennial is another favourite. Both native and great for pollinators, this is an excellent plant choice. Tall stems produce large white flowers with dark purple centres.

Scirpus lacustris tab. Albescens

Striped Bulrush
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Description Tall cylindrical hollow foliage with green and white vertical variegations.

Sparganium erectum

Branched Bur-Reed
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Description Sparganium erectum are a vigorous growing British native marginal. They are referred to as the branched bur reed and produce scented white flowers turning to spiny looking fruit balls.

Typha angustifolia

Lesser Bulrush
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Description An invasive perennial with long linear leaves and cylindrical dark brown flower spikes. Note, this is only suitable for large ponds and lakes as it can be invasive and may puncture pond liners.

Typha gracilis

Medium Bulrush
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Description Also known as Medium Reedmace, this is a smaller Typha, with light brown flower spikes. Suited for medium to large ponds as it will spread vigorously if not carefully contained.

Typha latifolia variegata

Variegated Bulrush
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Description Also known as Variegated Reedmace, this large Typha has attractive long green and creamy-white variegated leaves and brown flower spikes. Though slightly slower growing that Typha, this is only suitable for large ponds and lakes as it can be invasive and may puncture pond liners.

Typha laxmannii

Graceful Cattail
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Description A graceful slender typha for medium to large ponds. Typha laxmannii is less invasive than other typhas but should still be planted in containers.

Veronica beccabunga

Brooklime
Stock In stock, collection only
Description A common plant found in and around the pond. It often persists throughout winter and provides a great habitat for newts and tadpoles.