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Lets talk about your pond in winter

We get a lot of questions at this time of the year about what happens to pond plants as the weather gets colder. So we thought we'd talk a little about your pond in winter. Although most UK pond plants are fully hardy, they are also mostly deciduous, so their top...

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As featured on Gardener’s World

We were thrilled to watch Monty Don taking such good care of our little Candida lily on Thursday 12th July's Gardener's World. A couple of weeks ago the phone rang. I was busy watering (unsurprisingly!) and nearly couldn't reach it in my pocket.  I'm very glad I did...

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Practical tips for building a new pond

Location, location, location! When planning on building a pond, think about the water table. Most people today build their pond using a plastic or rubber liner. Beware though, build a pond where the water table level can rise to above the bottom your pond and you are...

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Invaders to avoid – Banned invasive plants

Ever wondered what happens when plants do too well in our ponds, lakes and waterways? Some invasive plants can be a real problem. It's up to all of us to prevent them from getting a hold in our local environment.  But would you know one if you saw one? At Merebrook...

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The answer lies in the soil

One of the basic rules for effective planting in your pond is to plant each variety of plant into its own planting basket. This allows you to maintain control over the flora of your pond. But the key to successful planting lies with the planting medium you use in your...

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Eight steps to perfectly planted water lilies

We send out most of our plants bare rooted to keep delivery costs down. You will need to plant them up when they reach you. Even if you buy pre planted water lilies in pots, except for pygmy varieties like pygmaea Helvola, you will certainly need to re-pot them...

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Water lilies stole our hearts

In 1972 we installed our first pond in our garden. It was a preformed, kidney-shaped plastic pond with some shelves. We dug the hole, dropped in the container and filled it with water. Then, like so many people with a new pond, we thought 'Now what?' In those days,...

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What plants can I put in my Koi pond?

We will often tell you that Koi and pond plants are not friends. Of course you need plants to keep your pond clear and balanced but, the trouble (and joy) with koi is that they are intelligent and inquisitive fish. They are also, by nature, diggers - hence the...

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Caltha Palustris the Marsh Marigold or Kingcup

Caltha Palustris, otherwise known as Marsh Marigold or sometimes Kingcup, is the earliest flowering of the commonly grown pond plants.  It blooms in late March/early April bringing golden yellow brightness to your pond or pool.  When planted into a 5lt planting crate...

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Why should I have water plants?

You only need to browse through our store to see how beautiful water plants like our lilies are, how a marginal can brighten your pond's borders and the reeds can add interest and drama to even the smallest tub garden or the largest lake. Stocking your pond isn't just...

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Menyanthes trifoliata marginal perfection

Otherwise known as bog bean, marsh clover, marsh myrtle, Menyanthes trifoliata is a fabulous native marginal plant. We think it is a beautiful must for any pool, especially wildlife ponds. It’s early flowering and a favourite with pollinators and much visited by bees, moths, butterflies and aphid loving hoverflies.

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Blanket weed – why is it such a problem?

Blanket weed can be a major problem in garden ponds because it is unsightly, can clog up the other plants in the pond, especially oxygenating plants and can reduce the level of oxygen in the water which can harm the pond life. The presence of blanket weed is always a...

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How do I plant up an earth-based pond or lake?

Planting up a lake or a large, earth-based pond poses a different challenge from planting up a lined pond or garden pool. A large earth-based pond or lake environment offers an ideal opportunity for pond plants to run, grow and expand.  You do have to be...

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How do I make a wildlife pond?

Starting from scratch, fill your new wildlife pond from a tap, natural spring or by temporarily diverting a nearby water course.  Don’t use rainwater as this may well be too acidic for pond plants and can contain harmful pollutants. Whatever kind and whatever size of...

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Winter, when plants are dormant, is a good time to add plants to your pond, giving them a head start in the spring. So get shopping now! Dismiss