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Pond Plants – Best Pond Plants

One of the reasons for introducing a water feature such as a pond or natural pool to your garden is to introduce colour and attract wildlife.

There are a great selection of pond plants that are native to the UK, here are ten water plants that are easy to keep, maintain and will attract wildlife including the beautiful butterflys and bumble bees.

1- Hemp Agrimony is a wild flower with beautiful pink, purple or white blooms. These blooms are produced from summer to early autumn and are very attractive not just to the human eye but to butterflys and bees.

This is a very hardy plant and is ideal for the beginner!

Hemp Agrimony - Native UK Pond Plant

Hemp Agrimony – Native UK Pond Plant

2- Ragged Robin, is anouther wild flower that flourishes in the wetlands, making it an ideal marginal plant for your pond or natural pool. It has pink star shaped flowers that bloom from early May through to late August that attract wildlife such as butterflys and bumblebees.

Ragged Robin - A native UK wildflower for pond edges

Ragged Robin – A native UK wildflower for pond edges

3 – Cuckoo Flower a plant that loves to be in the sunshine and shows its beautiful lilac and pink flowers from April through to June.

Again, it is an easy plany to introduce to any waters edge as it enjoys the moist ground.

Cuckoo Flower - Water edge pond plant

Cuckoo Flower – Water edge pond plant

4 – (water) forget me not is a water plant that gradually expands across an area so needs to be tended to on a fairly regular basis, however, it is not an invasive plant and is mostly trouble free to introduce to any waters edge.

Delicate in appearance with a lilac tinge to its petals with a beautiful yellow and white centre, its the ideal plant to soften the edges of any pond.

Water forget me not a UK native water plant

Water forget me not a UK native water plant

 5-Water Mint not only looks and smells pretty but its leaves can be used in the same way as any other mint plant.

Water mint grows well in water, making it ideal for your pond or natural pools edge, adding colour and aroma to your outdoor space.

The water mint spreads vigorously with its creeping runners so will need tending to an a fairly regular basis.

Water Mint looks and smells great on any waters edge

Water Mint looks and smells great on any waters edge

 

6 – Purple Loose Strife is a fairly tall ( can grow upto 2m tall in a natural habitat) with a reddish purple flower and woody stems.

The flowering of this plant lasts throughout the summer months and in the autumn its leaves will often turn a deep red, offering colour for many months of the year.

PurpleLoose Strife a tall colourful pond plant

PurpleLoose Strife a tall colourful pond plant

7- Yellow Flag (also known as the Yellow Iris ) is a true native aquatic plant.

A beautiful plant to line the waters edge, ideal for natural pools and ponds, the Yellow Flag grows extremly well in water.

It is a hardy plant, so can withstand the colder winter months that the UK has to offer.

It can spread so ideally you need to be trimming away its seed heads to avoid over growth(unless you want them too of course!).

The yellow flag is a beautiful flower to have on any waters edge and is fairly easy to care for.

The beautiful native aquatic plant that is the Yellow Iris

The beautiful native aquatic plant that is the Yellow Iris

8- Water Cress is yet anouther plant that not only looks good in your pond or natural pool but tastes great too.

Grow water cress on your waters edge, or use it in a natural pond filter and enjoy the delightful taste of freshly picked watercress.

Watercress grows well in water ( who would have thought with a name such as it has?!) it is easy to introduce and can be enjoyed by everyone all year round.

Watercress a natural pond filter that can be enjoyed all year round.

Watercress a natural pond filter that can be enjoyed all year round.

9- Meadow Sweet is a fragrant flower that is ideal for the waters edge, it has tufts of delicate , graceful creamy white flowers that bloom from early June to early September.

Meadow Sweet is a plant that is also used for herbal medicine purposes, it has been used for its aromatic, astringent, diuretic and sub tonic purposes, and like many of the other flowers we have listed it attracts nature expecially the Butterflys and BumbleBees.

MeadowSweet Pond Plant attracts butterflys and bumblebees

MeadowSweet Pond Plant attracts butterflys and bumblebees

 

10-Penny Royal , our final pond plant in our top ten. This is anouther plant from the mint family that grows well on the waters edge with its blooms attracting the wildlife, including butterflys and bumblebees.

Not only does this plant look and smell lovely, it is yet anouther water pond plant that is native to the UK that can be used in herbal medicine.

It is an easy plant to introduce to the waters edge and it can last up to five years, however, it can be suseptable to frosts and can die off in the winter months.

 

Penny Royal pretty and pink pond plant UK Native

Penny Royal pretty and pink pond plant UK Native

 

So, that is our top ten of Native UK pond plants, we will be stocking these and many other types of water plants at our showroom in Poole, Dorset.

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