Plant Advice


Essential Ponds only use UK grown aquatic plants and can create bespoke planting schemes for your pond, bog garden and water features.

Some planting tips.

Our helpful plants can be planted into gravel so that they absorb their nutrient from the water and not the soil to help control blanket weed.

Thoughtful planting can achieve colour throughout the spring, summer and even in autumn.

If your ponds shelves are too narrow for aquatic plant baskets, why not use soil filled coir bags to plant into.

Use 22mm washed gravel to top your baskets. This will help prevent your fish from up-rooting lilies etc topped with pea shingle.

Full plant details, descriptions and images are available on our supplier`s web site.

Visit Anglo-Aquatics website here

Essential ponds can design and create an exact planting scheme for all sizes of ponds, from small garden water features to larger clay lined ponds and lakes. All our plants are supplied in small pots ready for re-potting into larger aquatic baskets, or planting direct into the pond bank. They can be delivered as a supply only service or with a supply and planting service.

Please visit our wholesaler`s web site. They offer a full list of aquatic plants including planting/flowering information, and pictures.

Helpful plants

The Plants shown to the right can be planted in your pond or vegetable filter, and will help to maintain the water clarity. For best results, plant straight into gravel with no soil. The plants will seek out nutrients in the water body and will use them to grow starving Algae of these nutrients, all the while helping to keep your pond clean.

Please note: Norfolk reed should be avoided in rubber, PVC or Butyl Lined ponds as the roots can Pierce the liner.

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Plants to avoid or replace with less invasive alternative

Essential Ponds work in conjunction with a native environment and look to follow guide lines outlined by DEFRA and OATA with regard to avoiding invasive plants that may harm our local waterways. All the plants detailed below must never under any circumstances be disposed of into any wild waterway, this also applies to native plants as if placed in the wrong location they can upset the balance of the waterway they are placed into. If you need to dispose of any excess aquatic plants they should be either composted or disposed of in your brown bin, supplied by your local council. A number of plants including 5 aquatic`s, have been identified as having the potential to damage the ecosystem in the UK given the opportunity. The link below gives information of the plants which are best avoided, and what you can use in their place. Please feel free to download the booklet for your reference.

Click here to download our free booklet on plants to avoid or replace with less invasive alternative.

Other Plants that require careful consideration

Currently within the UK no pond plant is banned from sale. However the plants listed in the previous table are being considered for sale prohibitions but there has been no decision made yet! One plant that DEFRA and the Welsh Assembly Government are continually checking is Lagarosiphon major as well as any other plant that could potentially cause damage.

The booklet below gives some more information about Lagarosiphon major and some of the plants that have been mistaken as possible problems cases.

Click here to download our free booklet on plants that require careful consideration

Full plant details, descriptions and images are available on our supplier`s web site. Visit Anglo-Aquatics website here