A well maintained pond is the single most complex and useful habitat that you can provide in your wildlife garden. Even a small pond can be an oasis for wildlife, attracting dragonflies, offering water for birds and small animals, and providing habitats for frogs, newts and many aquatic insects. Ponds are important for a huge diversity of species, some will spend their entire life cycle in the water while others come and go.
However, as well as all these benefits for wildlife, by adding a variety of gorgeous water plants in and around your pond, it will also become a beautiful feature for your garden, so take a look at our extensive new range of aquatic plants - and don't forget to add our specialist containers and aquatic compost to your order. As well as our new water plants, we have highlighted a number of 'pondside perennials' which are plants that are particularly suited to planting around the edges of ponds but should not be planted in the pond itself or in boggy pond margins.
Often seen along the margins of streams, our Native Yellow Flag Iris is a real siren to early summer.
Nothing is more exquisite than the pristine flower of a water lily and they now come in a range of soft pastel shades and deep pinks.
Vibrant yellow flowers in early spring, this superb spring perennial will certainly make a big impact when planted at the edge of ponds.
It's easy to select the correct plants for your pond:
All our varieties have clear planting instructions - including which depth zone to plant them in.
Choose varieties with differing flowering periods to make sure your pond looks good throughout the year.
Adding different height plants and varying leaf colour and form will help add interest to your pond.
Read more on how to plant up a garden pond >
Make your pond as large as possible for a greater range of habitats.
At least 1 side should be gently sloped to allow mammals and amphibians easy and safe access to water.
Stock your pond with non invasive native plants, including oxygenators, floating plants and marginals.
Dont introduce goldfish or koi to wildlife ponds as they will eat insects and tadpoles.
Read more on gardening with wildlife in mind >