Small Pond

Here are a few suggestions for planting up a small pond to give ideas about how you might plant up your own. Plants can be bought as singles if desired; where we recommend threes or sixes of the same plant it is simply to give impact more quickly, especially if your pond is at the larger end of the range we give.

Small Pond. Defined as: Bigger than a half-barrel pond but not over 6 feet by 4 feet.

Surface/Floating (Choose 1 - 2 of the following options) 

  • Any waterlily from the Miniature Waterlilies or Small Waterlilies sections on our website
  • Aponogeton distachyos x 1 (lower cost than a waterlily and in leaf most of the year, also a more suitable option for shady locations)
  • Persicaria amphibia x 3 (not as attractive as a lily or a water hawthorn, but one of the few native options for deep water)
  • Nymphoides peltata x 1 (a native option and very easy and attractive but will probably need to be thinned after two years)
  • Marsilea mutica x 2 (for an unusual tropical look, but no flowers)
  • Hydrocharis morsus-ranae x 3 (a native option, but quite small and in leaf less than half the year)
  • Stratiotes aloides x 2 (a native option and gives an unusual look, but no significant flowers and provides little shade)

    Oxygenators/Underwater (Choose 2 of the following options, all are native) 

      Marginal Plants (The number of marginal plants is mostly personal preference but we would suggest choosing 3 - 4 of the following options. Listed A - Z)