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Plants for Shady Ponds

The location of your pond influences the kinds of plants which grow and thrive there. If your pond is in a shadier spot, it can be difficult to pick the right plants for each area - deep water, pondside and pond edge varieties all need to be chosen with care for cooler conditions. That’s why we curated this collection for shady ponds. Each plant is chosen especially for its tolerance of light, medium or even full shade, and will help to create a beautiful, healthy and wildlife-friendly pond that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.
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5 Bunches of Native Oxygenating Pond Plants

Our best oxygenating plants direct from the grower

1 option from £10.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Everything you need to keep your pond clean, clear and looking great
  • 5 x our grower's best premium oxygenating plant of the week
  • The easy way to oxygenate your pond
Water Forget-Me-Not | Myosotis scorpioides

Clusters of blue with sunny yellow centres

4 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Grow in full sun or partial shade
  • Long flowering from May to September
  • A prolifically flowering native plant
Water Hawthorn | Aponogeton distachyos

Floating, vanilla scented blooms

3 options from from £15.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Grow in full sun or partial shade
  • Flowers from March to May and in autumn
  • A perfect complement to water lilies
5 Water Crowsfoot| Oxygenating | 9cm Pots

Clouds of brightest white

1 option from £15.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Grow in full sun or partial shade
  • Flowers from July to August
  • An excellent oxygenator with a mass of white flowers
Ornamental Colour Collection

Colourful plants for a beautiful pond

3 options from from £15.00
  • Everything you need for year-round colour
  • Expertly curated plants in a variety of colours, types and sizes
  • Hardy, easy care perennials that really make a splash!
  • The easy way to brighten up your pond
Upright Water Milfoil| Oxygenating

Feathery foliage with tiny red blooms

4 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Happy in full sun or partial shade
  • Summer flowering from June to August
  • Provides excellent cover for pond fish
Pond Plants for Wildlife Collection

Plants to attract wildlife to a smaller pond

4 options from from £30.00
  • Expertly curated for the perfect mix of varieties
  • Hardy, easy-care perennials
  • Includes flowers and foliage in a range of heights and colours
  • Create a natural habitat for bees, dragonflies, fish and birds
Fibre Optic Plant | Isolepsis Cerna| Oxygenating

Unique plant that looks like fibre optics!

4 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Happy in full sun or partial shade
  • Summer flowering from June to August
  • Spectacular in pond margins or pots
Marsh Marigold

Heart shaped leaves, loved by bees

5 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Grows best in full sun to partial shade
  • Flowers during March and April
  • A native plant which is highly attractive to pollinators
Miniature Pennywort | Hydrocotyle nova zealand| Oxygenating 1L Pot

Tiny floating snowdrops

3 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade
  • Flowers from April to June
  • Can be grown below or above the water
Arum Lily 'Crowborough'

Magnificent blooms for weeks

4 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Grow in full sun to partial shade
  • Huge flowers from May to August
  • A spectacular pondside plant
Creeping Jenny | Lysimachia nummularia

Buttercup yellow flowers

4 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade
  • Summer flowering from June to August
  • A native plant highly attractive to pollinators
Bog Pimpernel | Anagallis tenella

An evergreen carpet of tiny pink blooms

3 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Thrives in full sun
  • Long flowering period from June to September
  • A low growing plant for pond edges, rock and bog gardens
Snakes Head Fritillary | Fritillaria meleagris

Amazing chequered blooms

2 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 1 - Pondside
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade
  • Spring flowering from April to May
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit winner
Iris sibirica

The perfect shade of blue

4 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Grow in full sun or partial shade
  • Flowers throughout May and June
  • Prefers moist to boggy soil - ideal for pond borders and bog gardens
Water Mint | Mentha aquatica

Aromatic and colourful

4 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Grows well in full sun or partial shade
  • Flowers from July right through to October
  • Aromatic and attractive native plant
Orange Peel Plant | Houttuynia cordata 'Plena'

Citrus scented with cotton white blooms

5 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade
  • Flowers from May to September
  • Prolific flowers for pond margins
Watercress | Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum

Attractive and delicious!

1 option from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade
  • Blooms from June to August
  • Can be eaten if grown in clean water
Iris pseudacorus

The UK native flag iris

5 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Grow in full sun or partial shade
  • Flowers from May to July
  • Grow in shallow water, beds or borders
Crystal Confetti | Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides variegata| Oxygenating 1L Pot

Bright green leaves with atttactive variegation

3 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Grows well in both full sun and partial shade
  • Flowers from April to June
  • Thrives in pond margins and water gardens
Mare's Tail | Hippuris vulgaris| Oxygenating 1L Pot

Feathery floating oxygenator

3 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Happy in full sun or partial shade
  • Keeps your pond healthy and clear
  • Evergreen native plant ideal for ponds and bog gardens
Iris ensata | Japanese Clematis Iris

Outstanding colour and form

3 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Grow in full sun or partial shade
  • Flowers throughout May and June
  • Loves pond edges, bog gardens and borders
Dwarf Hairgrass| Oxygenating

The brightest, greenest grass!

4 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Suitable for growing in full sun or partial shade
  • Flowers from August to September
  • Keeps your pond healthy and clean
5 Water Lettuce | Pistia stratiotes | 9cm Pots

Floating emerald green rosettes

1 option from £25.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Grow in full sun or partial shade
  • Attractive free floating foliage plant
  • No planting needed - simply place on the water!

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