About Us and Our Plants

About Our Plants and Packaging

We supply young but established plants; we do not sell plugs. To give an idea, they are approximately the size of the smaller potted plants that you would buy in a garden centre. The average plant we sell is about about one year old (fast-growing plants are around six months old when we sell them, and slow-growing plants around two to two and a half years old) and usually sent in the nursery pot we grow it in. The plant will be wrapped in damp paper, bagged, labelled, packed in a box, and delivered to your door, usually by courier. 

All the plants we sell are propagated directly by us from our own stock plants here at the nursery in Norfolk. We do not buy in plants and sell them on, because it cannot be guaranteed that these will be true to name or free from invasive species. (In recent years, with the advent of large numbers of foreign-grown plants, this has become a problem in the aquatic industry). All our plants are thus British-grown specimens, so they are already adapted to our climate when you receive them.  

We do not use any chemical pesticides or sprays on our plants. Large pests, such as snails and caterpillars, are hand picked, and small pests, such as aphids, are rinsed off with water. We occasionally also use natural (biological) controls, e.g. purchasing native ladybirds from specialist suppliers and releasing them on plants affected by aphids.

We do not buy composts/soils that contain peat. 

Any plant pots that are square and black are not recyclable and should be re-used or placed in the general rubbish bin. (We do not buy these pots any more but we will continue to wash and re-use them until they are all gone). Any plant pots that are round and grey are recyclable and should be re-used or washed and placed in household plastic recycling. 

The outer boxes we use, all pieces of newspaper, white paper, or brown paper, any clear address wallets, and all sticky tape and brown parcel tape that orders are packaged in are all degradable. All bags the plants are wrapped in are carrier bag plastic and can be recycled as such. Any plastic pots are food grade and should be easily recyclable – check local facilities. Any wooden supports are made from bamboo sticks and are biodegradable. Any self-adhesive sticky address labels and bubble wrap used are unfortunately not recyclable or biodegradable and should be placed in the general rubbish bin. All our newspapers, brown paper, and bubble wrap are sourced second hand to help reduce waste. 

The nursery here is completely free from the invasive non-native species Crassula helmsii (New Zealand Pigmyweed/Australian Swamp-Stonecrop), Myriophyllum aquaticum (Parrot's Feather), Hydrocotyle ranunculoides (Floating Pennywort), Ludwigia spp. (Floating Water Primroses), Azolla spp. (Water Fern), Elodea canadensis and similar species (Elodea). 

About Us

In 1995 a tropical fish shop and water garden nursery called Wayside Aquatics was set up near Brentwood in Essex. In 2009 Wayside Aquatics began selling their pond plants online, and in 2013 this became a separate business as Water Garden Plants. In 2016, the decision was made to close Wayside Aquatics and focus solely on Water Garden Plants, pond plants by mail order. In 2018, the nursery moved from the site in Essex to a new site in north Norfolk, in order to have more space for the plants.

Water Garden Plants is run by Anna and James (with occasional help from family members watering and delivering parcels). Anna has worked professionally in the aquatic industry for over 30 years. She has authored or contributed to several books, written numerous magazine articles, and has consulted for international aquatic companies. She has a BSc and is also RHS qualified. James has collected and grown aquatic plants for nearly 40 years. He is particularly keen on waterlilies, and although now semi-retired is still breeding and developing many new varieties for future introduction.   

The nursery is registered with the RHS Plant Finder as a specialist nursery.  

All photographs on this site were taken by us. All text was written by us. Neither our photographs nor our text may be used for commercial purposes without our permission. If you see our pictures or any of our text on other sites selling plants, these will have been copied from us.