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 smallest size plant 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 years old). Some plants are sent in the small pots we grow them in, while others are bare root. ("Bare root" means that the plant has the pot removed and most of the soil washed off its roots before sending). The plant will be wrapped in damp paper, bagged, labelled, packed in a box, and delivered to your door. 

All the plants we sell are propagated directly by us from our own stocks 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. (In recent years, with the advent of large numbers of foreign-grown plants, this has become a big problem in the aquatic industry). All our plants are thus British-grown specimens, so they are already adapted to our outdoor 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.

The outer boxes we use, all pieces of newspaper and magazine, all clear address wallets, and all sticky tape and parcel tape that orders are packaged in are all biodegradable. Any bags the plants are wrapped in are carrier bag plastic and can be recycled as such. All plastic pots are food grade and should be easily recyclable – check local facilities. 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, magazines, and bubble wrap are sourced second hand to help reduce waste. The rigid white plant labels in your order are made from recycled plastic. 

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), Floating Water Primroses (Ludwigia spp.), and Water Fern (Azolla spp.).  

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. Anna has worked professionally in the aquatic industry for almost 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 over 30 years. He is particularly keen on waterlilies, breeding and developing many new varieties for future introduction.  

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

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