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Specimen Pond Plants

Specimen Pond Plants

Pond plants not only add beauty but play a major part in a pond ecosystem. We have all the pond plants you will require for your water garden, whether native aquatic plants, water lilies, oxygenator plants, bog or marsh plants to floating plants such as water lettuce and water hyacinth.

Please visit Oaktree Garden Centre to purchase or online at World of Water to buy pond plants.

For larger bespoke water garden or lakes we can supply plants to order and even grow to your requirements just call in or phone 01344 886591.

Choosing The Right Pond Plants

It is important for any pond or feature to have a good balance of plants that offer a variety of colour and foliage at different times of the year for your enjoyment while the plants help maintaining a successful ecosystem for the pond.

Research the plants you choose as you would for the garden. All the water plants sold are clearly labelled to show the height they attain, their spread and the depth of water they prefer. Mature specimens can be seen in our show gardens and members of our staff will happily answer any questions.

You will find that some plants are very vigorous and are only suitable for larger ponds, and some slower growing plants are best suited for the smaller feature. However if you need quick cover on any pond you can always add some fast growing, spreading plants to offer shade. Once your chosen plants have matured simply remove them or trim the excess back and transfer to the compost heap. By removing or trimming the plant, excess nutrients are being harvested from the pond, helping to keep the pond balanced and healthy.

Always remember to take into account the potential height of the plant, as some grasses and rushes can grow very tall and would obscure a pond if poorly positioned.

Pond Planting Rules

To avoid disappointment always use the correct soil and containers in your pond, as this will promote the growth and flowering of your plants.

Using general bedding compost could have potentially fatal effects on fish as it has high fertiliser content designed for quick release.

Aquatic compost has a slow release fertilizer, thus avoiding pollution, as the plants will absorb the nutrients as they are released from the soil. The soil texture is also important; a heavy loam is best as a peat-based soil could simply float away! Aquatic baskets have been designed with mesh to help retain the soil. The use of an additional hessian liner will further reduce any soil leaching. The hessian liner will rot in time but by then the root structure of the plant should hold the soil together. The roots will eventually grow through the mesh, absorbing natural nutrients from the pond.

Aquatic Plant Positioning

It is important to follow the planting information label that comes with each plant to achieve optimum plant growth.

Water lilies: A deep water aquatic plant which add beauty to any water garden.

Oaktree water lilies are grown on the nursery so are perfectly acclimatised to your English water garden. Water lilies varieties include many colours including red, pink, white, yellow and even variable colours where as the flower matures the colour changes.

As with all plants you need to think about selecting a water lily variety which will not grow too large for its environment,  we stock all sizes from the miniature pygmy to hardy deep water large water lilies.

General Water Lily Information

Water lilies are the most exquisite and colourful plants in the water garden and can give months of pleasure during the summer. It is also important not to forget that they play an important part in a pond ecosystem by shading the pond surface during the height of the summer. Other deep water plants will also add interest and colour to some of the deep pond areas. Water Hawthorn, which flowers in the spring and autumn, makes a perfect partner for lilies giving you months of foliage cover and a beautiful display.

A wonderful selection of lilies can be seen at Oaktree Garden Centre and Nursery. The Pygmaea varieties are ideal for small ponds and features with their tiny leaves and delicate flowers. Where a large amount of cover is desired a Nymphaea Alba or Attraction will offer an economic solution, with one plant throwing a large pad of leaves and plenty of flowers. There is a huge range of lilies to suit all tastes, from the wonderful deep red of James Brydon to the impressive double flowered pink M. W Gonnere.

How To Plant

Lilies need plenty of nutrition to thrive, and it is therefore important to replant them in a suitably large basket with fresh aquatic compost when they are first purchased. It is also possible to purchase lily fertilizer tablets to slip into the basket to help promote growth and flowering, particularly in new, nutrient poor ponds.

When planting a Lily the basket should be a reasonable size for the plant, lined with a hessian or foam liner then part filled with soil. Place the Lily in the basket with the “crown” pointing upwards, and then fill the rest of the basket with soil ensuring the “eyes” are showing through. To finish off you will need to put some gravel on top to hold the soil down and to discourage fish from disturbing the lily. Don’t just drop the plant into the depths, you will need to soak the basket first and then very slowly lower it down. Smaller and immature lilies may benefit from being positioned in shallower water to start with and gradually moved deeper over a couple of months. If you have Koi in your pond you will need to put larger stones on the top of the basket and use a hardy variety of Lily. You would probably be best advised against putting a young Lily into an established Koi pond as mature fish will probably destroy the plant before it has a chance to get established.