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Acorus calamus (Sweet Flag)
useful non-invasive native for margins. Clump forming and well behaved, fairly duck-proof. Diehards will tell you that this is not native, but it has been here for at least 500years and may well have been brought by the Romans over 2000 years ago. That’s good enough for me.

• Height 60-90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-15cm deep

£2.80
3 for £7.50
Alisma plantago-aquaticum (Water plantain)
our native species. Lanceolate leaves and a better flower than the above, can self-seed widely in bare soil but a useful filler. Plant as above, can grow up to 30cm deep once established. Available May onwards. I also keep some A. lanceolata, which has longer leaves; if you want this one please ask.
• Height 60-90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-15cm deep

£2.50
Angelica sylvestris
A very architectural biennial plant with large crowns of greenish flowers. Short lived; often dies after flowering but you might be lucky and get a second year out of it.
• Height 38cm
• Full sun or part shade

£4.00
Apium nodiflorum (Fools' Cress)
as the name suggests, a lax plant growing to about 60cm high with divided leaves and small white flowers like cress. You really would have to be a fool to mistake it as it has an odd smell and the leaf segments are elongated rather then rounded.

£2.80
Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart's tongue fern)
a familiar native of hedgerows with leathery tongue – like leaves; an ideal candidate for shady spots that are not too dry.
£3.20
Baldellia ranunculoides (Siberian pink cups)
spreading native, most useful to cover basket and pond edges. Low lanceolate foliage with pink open flowers to about 10cm high, prefers a little shade.
• Height 10cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep

£2.80
Butomus umbellatus (flowering rush)
my favourite native plant. Lovely umbels of pink flowers in midsummer. Spreads well once established but difficult to keep looking good in pots: susceptible to wind and waterfowl damage.
• Height 60-90cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£2.80
3 for £7.50
Calla palustris (Bog arum)
a creeping native plant with dark green leaves and white arum flowers like a mini Zantedeschia, followed by bright red berries. Grows out from the base in a raft, so good for edges. Prefers acid, partly shaded conditions.
• Height 10cm
• Part shade
• Plant 5-10cm deep
£3.20
3 for £8.00
Caltha palustris (Marsh marigold)
well known water garden essential and the only native Caltha. Plentiful yellow buttercup type flowers in Spring, sometimes a few in Autumn.
• Height 40cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£2.50
3 for £7.00
Cardamine pratensis (Lady's smock, cuckoo flower)
dainty native with pink flowers to 40cm in late Spring. Not really a marginal but will tolerate wet conditions. This plant has little root and won’t look impressive when you get it!
• Height 40cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0 cm deep

£2.80
Carex acutiformis (Lesser pond sedge)
height 90cm, flowers summer, sun or part shade.
£2.80
Carex panicea (Carnation grass)
blueish grey foliage reminiscent of carnations, to about 30cm tall, flowers summer. Slower growing and can be used in smaller ponds. Native.
£3.00
 
Carex pendula (Drooping or pendulous sedge)
native fast growing sedge with prodigious seeding ability. Useful for larger wild areas, avoid in small spaces.
£2.80
Carex pseudocyperus (Cyperus sedge)
native with attractive hop-like flowers in Summer on 90cm stems, quite vigorous and a prolific seeder.
£2.80
Carex riparia (Greater pond sedge)
invasive native to 120cm high with coarse sharp edged leaves, attractive black seed heads in early summer.
£2.80
Cyperus longus (Galingale)
Great native plant but can be invasive. Like a slightly smaller umbrella grass, flowering later than most grasses in June to September. Fairly wildfowl proof
• Height 60-90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-15cm deep

£2.80
Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove)
so commonly available that I don't keep it in pots; bare root plants are available in Spring and Autumn for native planting schemes.

£2.80
Dryopteris filix-mas (Male Fern)
the common fern seen everywhere in shady lanes; if you have a new garden you might want to buy some to get you started, after which it will naturalise.

£2.80
Equisetum fluviatile (Horsetail)
don’t panic, it’s not as invasive as its terrestrial cousin but will spread pretty smartly through wet soil. Being larger and slower growing however, it’s not as hard to control – just pull out unwanted canes. A useful specimen plant if confined to a basket in a small pond or container.

£2.80
Eriophorum angustifolium (narrow leaved cotton grass)
cute low growing grass with cottony tufts of flowers in midsummer. Useful native for wet areas.

• Height 15cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£2.80
Eriophorum latifolium (broad leaved cotton grass)
A variety of cotton grass with broader leaves but essentially similar to the above. Height 50cm, Full sun or part shade, plant 0-5cm deep.

• Height 50cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£3.20
Eriophorum vaginatum (Hare’s tail cotton grass)
Native plant with nodding tufts of cotton wool-like seeds.


• Height 40-60cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep.

£3.20
Eupatorium (hemp agrimony)
a simply fantastic plant for bees and butterflies - every garden should have some. E cannabinum is our native one, seen flowering in hedgerows in late summer.
• Height 120cm
• Full sun or part shade

£3.00
 
Filipendula ulmaria (meadowsweet)
another familiar native with great wildlife value. Fluffy white flowers in July atop dissected foliage attract all manner of insects. Spreads happily so not really suitable for small areas.



• Height 90-200cm
• Full sun or part shade

£2.80
 
Geum rivale (Water avens)
another useful native plant with curious purple-brown drooping flowers, followed by spidery seed heads. Prefers some shade, grows to 50cm high and forms clumps. Will seed into damp soil.
• Height 20cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep

£2.80
3 for £7.50
Glyceria aquatica (Manna grass)
Very vigorous native plant, basically a grass on steroids, useful for large wildlife habitat or bank reinforcement. Not suitable for garden ponds.
• Height 120cm
• Any Position
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£2.80
Glyceria maxima (Sweet grass)
this one is really invasive; used by water authorities to prevent bank erosion, for which purpose it is excellent, but unless you have acres available I wouldn’t recommend this one.
• Height 90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-15cm deep

£2.80
Hippuris vulgaris (Marestail)
no, not that one! Looks very similar to M verticillatum but won't grow in deep water. Good for invertebrates in shallow areas .

£2.80
Hydrocharis morsus-ranae (frogbit)
a sweet little floating plant like a mini water lily; flowers with a small white flower. Available from about mid-May; it overwinters as tiny dormant buds on the pond bottom and does not appear till then. The only native floating plant apart from the duckweeds.

£2.00
Iris pseudacorus
our native yellow flag. Grows to about 1.5 metres, will take up to 50cm of water over the crown once established. Other varieties are better suited to small ponds, being less thuggish and more floriferous.

£2.50
Juncus effusus (soft rush)
the most common native rush, good habitat plant but not for small ponds. Also have the benefit of being more or less evergreen.
• Height 60cm
• Full sun & part shade
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£2.80
Juncus ensifolius (flying hedgehogs)
when you see the flowers, you'll understand!
• Height 90cm
• Full sun & part shade
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£2.80
Juncus inflexus (hard rush)
attractive blue-green foliage. 0-5cm deep. Also have the benefit of being more or less evergreen.
 
• Height 60cm
• Full sun & part shade
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£2.80
Juncus maritimus (Sea rush)
suitable for brackish situations.Also have the benefit of being more or less evergreen.
 
• Height 60cm
• Full sun & part shade
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£2.80
 
 
 
     
   
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