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Pond Plants - Marginal Plants

21st Nov 2019

As well as enhancing the garden and giving the pond a more natural look pond plants offer hiding places and areas for fish, frogs, insects, and other pond wildlife to lay eggs.They can give shade to areas of the pond and will absorb nutrients from the water, helping reduce the amount of algae and aiding the pond’s filtration system.Adding and maintaining pond plants is simple. There are many different varieties to choose between, from British natives to exotic species and from subtle foliage to spectacular blooms.

Marginals are pond plants which sit around the perimeter of the pond, usually positioned on the pond shelves, along the banks or in bog gardens. Unlike most regular garden plants, marginal pond plants prefer to be planted in boggy ground or shallow water. Each species will have a maximum planting depth which is usually indicated on the information ticket supplied with the plant.

There is a lot of variation in the height to which different types of marginal plants will grow. The maximum height of the plant will be displayed on the information ticket. Taller plants should be planted along the back edge of the pond to give an effective backdrop without blocking the view of the pond.Marginal plants are usually planted into substrate set in a basket before they are sat into the pond. The baskets have holes which allow the pond water into the roots, but they stop substrate from leaking into the pond and clouding the water.