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Plants for Sunny Ponds

If your pond is on the sunny side of your garden, you’ll need plants that thrive in full sunlight and can take the heat. Water Lilies and other floating aquatic plants are at their best in warm, sunny conditions, but you’ll also need to choose sun-loving oxygenators (to keep the water clear) submerged plants (for the wildlife!) and a good selection of flowering and foliage plants for the edges of your pond. We’ve taken the hard work out of choosing with this collection of the best varieties for every area of the pond - so all you need to do is plant them up and dust off the deckchairs!

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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
Dwarf Water Lily | Nymphaea Xiafei

Chinese waterlily with little Magenta blooms

1 option from from £22.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • A sun-loving plant
  • Flowers all summer from June to September
  • A small waterlily, perfect for more compact ponds
5 Water Violet Plants| Oxygenating | 9cm Pots

Ferny foliage dotted with lilac

1 option from from £15.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Grows best in partial shade
  • Flowering from June to August
  • Spirals of lilac purple flowers
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
Miniature Bulrush | Typha minima

Perfect for smaller ponds

5 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Grow in a position with full sun
  • A delightful miniature native bulrush
  • Perfect for small ponds and containers
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
Purple Loosestrife | Lythrum salicaria

Eyecatching magenta blooms

5 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Grows best in full sun
  • Flowers from July to September
  • Spectacular tall pink blooms
Nymphoides peltata | Yellow Floating Heart

Floating star shaped yellow blooms

1 option from £15.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Best grown in full sun
  • Long flowering season from May to September
  • Ideal for small ponds and containers
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
Large White Water Lily | Nymphaea Virginalis

Elegant semi double white blooms

4 options from from £20.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Grow in full sun
  • Flowers all summer from June to September
  • Large waterlily, best for medium to large ponds and lakes
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
White Dwarf Water Lily | Nymphaea Pygmaea alba

Tiny, snowdrop white waterlilies

2 options from from £22.00
  • Zone 3 - Deep Water
  • Perfect for a sunny pond
  • Flowers all summer from June to September
  • Dwarf waterlily, an extra small variety ideal for mini ponds and shallow water features

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