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Peltandra undulata (arrow arum)
arrow-shaped arum leaves to 30cm long with greenish white tubular flowers. Fairly slow growing but builds to a fine clump.

• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£4.00
Penthorum sedoides
Sometimes called Star Fruit, this easy plant has decorative red stems with greenish star shaped flowers turning red with age and red tinged willow like leaves. A useful filler..

• Depth 0-10cm
• Height 40cm
• Spread 30cm

£3.20
Persicaria amphibia (amphibious bistort)
creeping native plant with willow-like leaves and pink upright flowers. Will float out from pond edges in a small raft. Great for small wildlife ponds as it doesn’t become invasive. This is a leggy plant and will have few leaves when purchased. It will take some time to settle in and grow and will remain rather straggly until it establishes.
• Height 20cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£3.20
Persicaria bistorta (adderwort, bistort)
tough thuggish unfussy native with dock-like leaves and very pretty pink candles flowering over a long period late Spring to midsummer. Spreads vigorously in damp soil - best confined in a basket. Foolproof!
• Height 30cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep

£2.50
Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)
wildly invasive native grass planted by the foolhardy! “Picta” (pictured) is the common garden form referred to as “Gardeners garters”. I also have “Golden Garters” which has attractive yellow and green variegation, still pretty vigorous. Avoid unless you have an acre or two to fill, but if you have then this could be just the thing!
• Height 90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£2.50
Phragmites Communis (Norfolk reed)
another one to avoid in gardens, rampantly invasive and only suitable for large lakes, bird sanctuaries, thatchers or reedbed water treatment systems. Unusually, the deceptively attractive yellow and green variegated form (pictured) is just as invasive. Both have sharp root tips that can easily puncture pond liners.
• Height 250cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-50cm deep

£2.50
Physostegia virginiana (obedient plant)
that is, unless you want it to stop spreading! There’s just something about the P’s. Spikes of pretty pink flowers spring from a running invasive rootstock. There are other things that are less bother, but if you need to fill a large area it could fit the bill.
• Height 90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep

£2.50
Pontederia cordata (pickerel weed)
Fleshy spear-shaped leaves on fleshy stalks, blue bottle-brush flowers in mid to late summer. One of the few plants sold as marginal that actually prefers to be planted under water.
• Height 60cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-15cm deep

£2.50
3 for £7.00
Pontederia cordata alba
The white flowered variant of the species, slightly taller than P cordata.
• Height 70cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-10cm deep

£2.50
3 for £7.00
Pontederia cordata lanceolata
A much taller variety with bigger, lightly striped tropical looking leaves; can tolerate deeper planting. Late to emerge and flower, good for extending the season of interest. Bigger blue flowers than P cordata.
• Height 1 metre
• Full sun
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£3.50
Pontederia cordata pink pons
Rather a different habit with stems that angle up at 30 degrees to the horizontal and broader leaves on shorter stalks, bears pinkish flowers. May be a good choice in a windy location.
• Height 50cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£3.50
Pontederia dilatata (Royal pickerel weed)
Fabulous architectural specimen plant with lush tropical foliage, flowering late in the season, August to October, with blue bottle-brush flowers. Leaves are often handsomely striped in yellow or lighter green.
• Height 180cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£5.00
Potentilla palustris (Marsh cinquefoil)
Marsh cinquefoil has a somewhat shrubby habit with sprawling stems, height about 20cm but spreading widely and occasionally rooting at the nodes. Unusual maroon flowers complement the interesting glaucous leaves.

• Height 20cm
• Full sun/part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep
£3.20
Ranunculus
seasoned gardeners tremble when they hear the word 'Ranunculus', but there are a few worth finding space for in a wildlife pond.
Ranunculus acris Flore Plena (Double meadow buttercup)
This is the double form of the meadow buttercup, much less vigorous than its creeping cousin below, which is what you usually get wrongly from most suppliers when ordering this one.

• Height 30cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0cm deep

£3.20
Ranunculus flammula (Lesser spearwort)
is the lesser spearwort, a vigorous but dainty native for shallow water. Doesn’t have the penetrating roots of its bigger brother below and is a very useful filler plant.

• Height 30cm
• Full sun/part shade
• Plant 0-10cm deep

£2.80
Ranunculus lingua (Greater spearwort)
is the greater spearwort, named I'm sure for its ability to grow straight through anything, including pond liner. Fine for a large wildlife pond, but to be avoided in gardens.

• Height 60cm
• Full sun/part shade
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£2.80
Ranunculus repens pleniflorus
This is the double form of the creeping buttercup and is not as invasive though still gets about a bit. Having an old-fashioned quality about the flowers.


£2.80
Rorippa (Nasturtium) aquaticum (water cress)
only really thrives in running water but useful for covering edges of a waterfall or stream feature. Goes to seed in warmer weather.
• Height 30cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-10cm deep

£2.80
Rumex hydrolapathum (great water dock)
statuesque dock for wildlife ponds. One of the very few native plants with huge leaves, so it goes well with the ubiquitous grasses, rushes and irises.
• Height 1 metre
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-10cm deep

£4.00
Rumex sanguineus (red veined dock)
attractive green leaves with blood red veins.
• Height 60cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep

£2.80
Sagittaria sagittifolia (arrowhead)
this is the native species, with attractive deeply cleft arrow-shaped leaves and smallish three-petalled white flowers in midsummer. It overwinters as small green buds called turions deep in the mud. Prefers a position just under water.
• Height 5-20cm
• Sun or part shade
• Plant 01-20cm deep

£3.20
S.s. leucopetala
is the Japanese form, with larger flowers,
• Height 5-20cm
• Sun or part shade
• Plant 01-20cm deep

£3.20
S.s Flore Pleno
has double flowers.
• Height 5-20cm
• Sun or part shade
• Plant 01-20cm deep

£4.00
Sagittaria graminea
a rapidly spreading species with lanceolate leaves, not native and rather inclined to go bonkers. I’d choose one of the others if I were you.
• Height 5-20cm
• Sun or part shade
• Plant 01-20cm deep

£3.20
Sagittaria graminea Crushed Ice
a less vigorous derivative of the species with leaves attractively splashed and marbled in white. Something unusual.
• Height 5-20cm
• Sun or part shade
• Plant 5-20cm deep

£4.00
Sagittaria latifolia (duck potato)
has broader leaves and a large overwintering tuber relished by waterfowl. Ducks regularly trash my planting so it’s well named!
• Height 5-20cm
• Sun or part shade
• Plant 01-20cm deep

£3.20
Saururus (Lizard's tail)
late to emerge, multiple stems bear spear shaped leaves and curious white hooked flowers in July to August. S cernuus (pictured) is shorter at 50cm, S chinensis taller at 1 metre, otherwise there's little to differentiate them. Roots will create a large mat, good habitat for invertebrates. Too vigorous for small ponds.
• Height 50-100cm
• Sun or part shade
• Plant 5-20cm deep

£2.80
Scirpus angustifolius (cotton grass):
The taller form of cotton grass, some maintain this is the same species as Eriophorum angustifolius, others say it is a different species.

• Height 60-90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep
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Scirpus cernuus (fibre-optic grass)
the midget of the family, lovely soft foliage is tipped with miniature white flowers at the tips. Great for small ponds.

• Height 15cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep
£2.80
Scirpus lacustris (bulrush, clubrush)
This is the true native bulrush, not the reedmace with poker heads (Typha) that almost everyone refers to as bulrushes. Hollow pith-filled green leaves rise from the base to up to 2 metres, topping which are brown spiky flowers. Rather vigorous for small ponds.

• Height 180cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-30cm deep
£2.80
Scirpus lacustris Albescens (striped bulrush)
striking longitudinal white variegation makes this one of my favourite specimen plants, ideal as a centrepiece. Keep well fed to get strong stripes.
• Height 150cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-20cm deep
£3.20
Scirpus lacustris Zebrinus (Zebra rush)
the better known one with strong horizontal banding of white. Slightly shorter than the others at 1 metre or so. An essential one for small ponds. Keep well fed to get strong stripes.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-10cm deep

£2.80
Scrophularia auriculata (water figwort)
only gets a mention because it’s native, a scruffy stinky plant with little to recommend it except for the fact that the tiny reddish flowers seem to attract bees and hoverflies, which I suppose is the point.
• Height 30cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-10cm deep

£2.80
Scrophularia auriculata variegata (water figwort)
has strongly variegated leaves and is rather more attractive.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep

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Sparganium emersum (Unbranched bur-reed)
Less common species of bur-reed with similar charcteristics to
S erectum below.

• Height 120cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£2.80
Sparganium erectum (branched burr reed)
excellent native plant, pretty vigorous so not really suitable for smaller pools. Dark green iris type leaves with attractive spherical white spiky flowers maturing into spiky green seed capsules.
• Height 120cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£2.80
Stachys palustris (marsh woundwort)
another thug, fine for large natural areas but too invasive for garden ponds. Tall stems support minty pink/purple flowers in midsummer. Good for insects.
• Height 1 metre
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-10 cm deep

£2.80
Thalia dealbata (alligator flag)
if you have alligators, this is just the thing to warn you that they're coming! Late to emerge, and not reliably hardy, though it has survived two recent very cold winters here. NOT suitable for colder Northern counties. Long leaf stalks hold up wonderful lance-shaped blue-green leaves which bead up water droplets. Late in summer even taller flower stems unfurl lilac-mauve bottle brush flowers. A great centrepiece to a small water feature or bigger planting in a large pond. I sometimes have a few T geniculata too.
• Height 2 metres
• Full sun
• Plant 0-20 cm deep

£4.00
 
Typha (reed mace)
NOTE: NOT bulrush! There are two native species; T latifolia, larger with broader leaves and T angustifolia with narrower leaves.

The construction of the 'poker' also differs, with the former having male and female parts adjacent (oo er missus) and the latter with a definite gap between them. Both are too invasive for small ponds, but excellent for larger wildlife plantings. There is also an excellent variegated form of T latifolia.

• Height 50cm -2 metres
• Full sun
• Plant 0cm deep

 
       
Typha Angustifolia
The narrow leaved native reedmace with dark brown pokers, only slightly less invasive than T latifolia
• Height 200cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£2.80
Typha Gracilis
A medium sized variety, still just as invasive, but if you cut back sideshoots to keep in check this is a lovely plant.
• Height 150cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-15cm deep

£2.80
Typha Latifolia
Our tallest native reedmace, suitable only for large wildlife ponds, can only be contained by depths over 1.5 metres
• Height 240cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-50cm deep

£2.80
Typha Latifolia Variegata
A beautiful clean white variegation sets this one apart and lasts all season, otherwise as above. A great specimen plant in a (very) large basket
• Height 240cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-50cm deep

£4.00
Typha Laxmanii
The golden brown pokers are the main attraction for this medium to large variety.
• Height 180cm
• Full sun
• Plant up to 20cm deep

£2.80
Typha Minima
The dwarf Typha suitable for smaller ponds but can still run about a bit! Confine in a basket in garden ponds. Lift basket occasionally and cut off sharp roots or stand pot on a piece of paving slab or a couple of offcuts of liner, just in case!
• Height 30cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-10cm deep

£2.80
Typha Shuttleworthii
A medium to tall variety, pokers are shorter and almost ovoid. Something unusual
• Height 180cm
• Full sun
• Plant up to 20cm deep

£2.80
Veronica beccabunga (brooklime)
widely distributed creeping native typically found at the edges of streams, quick growing and good for covering edges. Oval glossy green leaves with plentiful small blue flowers throughout the summer. Rarely becomes a pest.
• Height 20cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep

£2.50
3 for £7.00
Zantedeschia aethiopica (Arum lily)
a favourite water garden plant with large green leaves and superb white arum flowers all summer. In low light the flowers almost look illuminated. Trouble free and will grow on dry land as well as up to 20cm deep. Planting below water level helps protect the crown against frost, which will knock the leaves back. In Northern areas bring indoors for winter as it won't survive a frozen crown. 'Crowborough' is the hardiest.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep
£3.00
 
Zantedeschia“Green Goddess”
has green flowers with white stripes, beloved of flower arrangers and is a little hardier, though frosts still turn foliage to mush.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep

£3.00
Zephyranthes candida (Rain lily)
one of those plants that remains dormant as a bulb in dry periods and flowers just days after rain. In permanently wet areas it remains virtually evergreen with chive-like foliage, flowering almost at random. This is the white form.
• Height 20cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 10cm deep

£4.00
 
   
 
     
   
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