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We will normally dispatch your order within three working days of receipt and will notify you by email that your plants have been dispatched.  Orders are usually sent using Royal Mail First Class post.  Large arders are dispatched via ParcelForce.

We send out plants within 3 working days of receipt of order     (for full details see our 'Delivery' page)

All our plants are grown outdoors not under glass, so they are completely hardy, this means that we can go on sending them out all through the year, as long as they're not buried under snow or trapped beneath the ice.  The plants we send out are all rooted, not cuttings, so they are all already growing on.  Pop them into your pond now and they'll be primed and ready to go as soon as the weather warms up.  An early start means stronger and more vital plants to give that early boost and a lovely display.

16/09/2013

ORDER PRIMULAS now for that special late Summer flourish.  Start with Primula vulgaris (Primrose) and Primula veris (Cowslip) to flower in early Spring, then the denticulata primulas and Primula rosea in late Spring, Primula bullyana and Primula chungensis for early Summer. You will have a truly delightful display.

01/04/14

Our hardy plants are grown outside all the year round and won't suffer from any late frosts unlike most plants, grown under glass, available from other suppliers.  Some plants may be a bit small at the beginning of the year but they have a head start to get growing quickly in their new home because they won't check.  Simply follow the growing tips in our "PLANT CARE" pages for happy healthy plants.

02/08/2013

The wonderful thing about waterlilies is that they start flowering in May and just go on and on flowering until September!  On one plant you will find buds just breaking, flowers just opening, flowers in full blossom, and flowers that are over.  So although each individual flower lasts just for a few days, there are always more coming to provide that distinct and amazingly beautiful display!

27/05/14

IRIS LOUISIANA MEREBROOK SONATA

A beautiful addition to the Merebrook range of Louisiana Irises.  The delicate lemon yellow blossoms provide a subtle focus among the lime green evergreen foliage brightening even the dullest day.  As with all Louisiana Irises the flowers come later than the common flag irises, the colour is more delicate, the flowers are bigger and there more of them per stem.

27/04/2013

PRIMULAS MAKE IDEAL POOLSIDE PLANTS.  All primulas are easy to grow and easy to divide, so they can be spread quite readily to provide a lovely display in any consistently damp area.

14/06/2013

Welcome to the newest addition to our Merebrook plant family!  This time it's a waterlily - Merebrook Pearl - the very first water lily we have hybridised and released.  It is small, pure white with apple green leaves, nice and compact and it produces lots of flowers .  The blooms are 7cm diameter and leaves 12cm diameter, so it is compact enough for the smallest pond or mini-pool.  Yes it's just like a small version of our native water lily Alba, so if you want to create that, natural looking wildlife pool without the excessive leaf growth you get with Alba, it is just perfect!

 17/03/2013

SURFACE COVER is essential to the wellbeing of your pond.  The rule of thumb is to cover 1/3 to 1/2 of the surface area through the growing season.  This not only provides shade for fish and invertibrates, it encourages a broad range of insects.  Your pond is a mini ecosystem and in order to maintain a balance you need predators.  A few goldfish will be sufficient to maintain order, otherwise midge and mosquito larvae can be a real threat to your plants, especially in a new pond where they may have no competition from other pondlife.  These larvae can seriously damage young leaves and stunt a water lily which can be such disappointment.

THE ANSWER TO BLANKET WEED is often more plants in your pond.  Algae use the same nutrients in the water that are used by the plants you introduce.  A severe blanket weed problem is the result of a lack of balance in the ecology of your pond.  Most frequently it is because you have two few mature plants and too few oxygenators.  Enough plants in your pond growing well and competing for nutrients will soon outgrow this unsightly algae.

09/03/2013

EASTER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.  What better way to celebrate this promise of Spring than with some new and fresh plants for your pond?  Traditional colours for this time of year are yellow and white, so take a look at the calthas (marsh marigolds), calla paustris, and mimulus luteus.  This year we even have a new and delightful yellow water lily called Texas Dawn.

07/10/2012

Autumn/Winter planting

All the plants listed in our website are fully hardy, grown outside and not under galss. The plants we supply are rooted plants, not cuttings.  This means that they can be moved at any time of the year and, providing the water is not frozen, you can still plant up your pond throughout the autumn and winter.  With many plants the roots will continue to grow even when the top growth has died back. Any autumn/winter plantings will have a head start in the Spring.

29/08/2012

For that extra special display next Spring, plant primulas now.  The primulas we offer are particularly suited to moist or even boggy conditions.  Hurrah for the rain!  So, with the aquifer as full as it can be, why not make the most of the wetland that is your garden and find a shady spot to plant a wonderous collection of primulas and provide a burst of sunbright colour to take you into the early Summer next year.

 

07/10/2012

Now that Summer's over it's time to take stock before all the plants in the pond close down for the Winter and the water gets too cold.  There may be gaps to fill and the great thing about growing all your plants in planting crates is that, once they have died back you can easily move them around to change your planting scheme.  This may mean you have gaps to fill, so check and see if there's anything more you can add to your plant range.  Make a note of the plants that will need dividing and re-potting in the Spring.  Grasses like carex, scirpus and eriophorum are best divided as early as possible in February/ March next year. You can lift, divide and re-plant primulas now to give an even better display.  Irises and marsh marigolds are best divided as soon as they have finished flowering.  Pondplants always grow to fill the container they are in and will always benefit from division and re-potting.

 10/07/13

We've just updated the photo of Waterlily Norma Gedye with one taken this morning - WOW!  It is just the most beautiful pink that really glows in the pond on these dull days.  Waterlilies like warmth and light (don't we all!!), so they are really struggling this year because of all the rain and cold.  So when they do flower they are such a joy!  Can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want at least one or two of these beauties to brighten up the garden when everywhere is dull and damp.

11/08/2012

Finally we get to sit out by the pond and enjoy the sun with some of our favorite water lilies, James Brydon, Charles de Meurville, Rene Gerard, Norma Gedye and Joey Tomocik, not to mention the pure white Marleacea Albida!  It's like being with old friends.  And around the water margin the fresh flowers of pontedaria cordata, lythrum salicara and mimulus luteus are abuzz with bees, hover flies, butterflies and moths, encouraging the hawking dragon flies.  The goldfish lurk in the shadows of the lily pads waiting to gobble up any passing fly.  The spikes of fluffy lavender coloured flowers of thalia dealbata are just coming open, and although the insects love the flowers, it's the wonderful sage green foliage that adds such a incredible architectural focus to the pond.  The more you look, the more you see.  A pond adds so much interest, colour and ecology to a garden!!

 

Waterlilies just love the sun! It's as if they've been waiting to burst into flower and now all of them are flowering like mad!  Water lilies like light and warmth.  Mature plants flower best with 45-60cms (18-24ins) water over the soil in the crate, in full sun and in still water.  Plant them deeper, in shade or in moving water and they struggle.  If you have to have a pump and filter, then run the system at its slowest and keep lilies as far away from the movement as possible, and never position a lily under a fountain - they hate it!  Just like a fountain all that heavy rain and cold has stopped them from blooming, so this Summer sun is set to produce a late bonanza of wonderful flowers.

20/06/12

Now the lilies are all coming into flower!  We usually have our first lily in flower by the middle of May, but this year they have been shy of the bad weather and are only just coming into bloom.  So now the pond is beginning to fill with blooms of every colour and style.  Check out DARWIN - one of my favourites - its large, full, rose-pink blooms are truly eye catching.  Water lilies produce flowers in succession, each flower lasting 3-4 days, so an established plant will have buds, breaking flowers, full blooms and fading ones all at the same time.  They go on flowering throughout the Summer months and well into the Autumn, so no other flowerng plant gives more true value for money!

 05/06/2012

Irises are in full bloom adding colour and shape to the margins of the pond.  Delicate laevigatas with narrow leaves and clear blue flowers, Snowdrift is pure white, while Colchesterensis is white splashed with deep blue.  Iris versicolor strikes a note of deep mauve and of course the pseudacorus decorates ponds and lakes alike with its bright yellow flags.  But don't forget that the wonderful Iris Louisianas continue to provide interest on into the Summer with their remarkable range of colours from sky blue through to russet and purple.

26/01/12

At the start of the season blanket weed can be a bit of a headache.  Before the plants can get going to compete for the ever present nutrients in the pond, the warmth of the sun gives just the boost needed for an algal bloom.  There are two particularly useful plants that can help rorippa nasturtium aquaticum (a native watercress) and phragmites australis.

03/05/2012

MOISTURE LOVING PRIMULAS

Primula Apple Blossom is just about to break into flower, so how about a bit of instant gardening? Order now, and you will have them in their full flowering glory within the next couple of weeks.  That's a real boost to your colour scheme this year and next year you will have a truly magnificent display!  Just plant them next to your pond anywhere where they will be kept in moist soil.  We tend to think of primulas as very early Spring flowers, but Primula Apple Blossom, and Primula vialii flower later and go on providing real colour through into early Summer.  With their pretty, vibrant flower heads they are a delightful addition in any garden.

17/04/2012

Despite the very cold weather we've been having, the plants in the pond are starting to grow.  Pond plants grow very rapidly and plants planted this Spring will normally flower this season and will certainly fill a 5lt planting crate by the end of next season.  Foliage plants like Carex Boles Golden, Cyperus Longus and Equisetum Scirpides with their elegant drooping habit will form clumps that disguise the margin.  Low growing flowering Myosotis Plaustris, Mentha Aquatica and Veronica Beccabunga soon creep along the edge decorating the margin with little blue flowers.  Then there are the taller plants like Irises and the stunning Iris Louisiana Merebrook hybrids to provide a Summer focus until the later flowering Lythrum Salicara and sweet scented Saurorus Cernus continue to provide interest into the Autumn.

20/03/12

QUESTIONS Questions questions ???  Together we have more than 50years experience selecting, growing and cultivating water lilies, marginal plants, bog plants, moisture loving plants and oxygenators.  So if you have any questions about  plants for your pond, let us help you.  FIRST visit our PLANT CARE pages where there is a wealth of useful information, then if there is anything else you would like to know, email us or give us a call on 01684 310950 (if we're out in the gardens we'll get back to you if you leave a message).  We're here to help you get the most out of your water gardening.

Posted 07/03/12

Moisture loving plants are the ones that like to be kept permanently damp, but don't want to have their roots actually in water.

The ones that like to have their roots in water are called marginal plants because in the wild they are to be found on the very edge of a pond or other watercourse.  In domestic ponds we replicate this state by growing tmarginal plants in mesh baskets that are placed on a shelf at the edge of the pond that is just deep enough for the water to cover the soil in the basket.

Posted 07/03/12

Plants can be quite specific in where they like to grow.  Where ponds are concerned growing conditions come in four different varieties, so the plants we sell are defined accordingly as deep water plants, bog plants, marginal plants and moisture loving plants.  It should be noted that all aquatic plants grow best where there is warmth and sunshine.  We find that once a pond is more than 1m deep most plants, even waterlilies and deep water aquatic plants, struggle to thrive in what are cold and dark conditions.                                                                             It is advisable, even in a lake, to plant no deeper  than 1m because once established vigorous plants will creep into deeper areas, but young plants thrive better with sunshine and light to encourage them in their first season.

Deep water plants include

  • oxygenators which are plants that remain completely submerged
  • plants that are grown in baskets that stand on the bottom of the pond.

Marginal plants

  •  plants that like to have their roots in saturated soil that never dries out
  • plants that are happy to sit in soil that has water permanently over the surface - precise depth varies according to the plant

Bog plants

  • plants that are happy wiht their roots in wet soil but that don't like to have water over the surface

Moisture loving plants

  • Plants that like their roots in soil that doesn't dry out, but isn't constantly waterlogged

Posted 26/01/12

HELP WITH BLANKET WEED

There are problems with using any chemical control for blanket weed because

  • Getting the dosage right can be a real headache if you can't work out the exact volume of water in your pond.  If you are using a guestimate, guess low and the treatment is largely ineffective, guess high and you risk damaging or even killing other plants in the pond.
  • Most treatments are herbicidal, so the chemicals will stunt the growth of your other plants in order to kill off the blanket weed.  This slows down the growth rate of theother plants, thereby slowing the competition for nutrients which, in the end, is what will starve out the blanket weed.
  • Once you start using chemicals, you have to continue dosing every coiple of months, whcih can be an expensive business.  Get the balance of plants right in your pond, keep them healthy and within a season or so blanket weed will no longer be a problem for your pond.

Posted 12/12/2011

LOUISIANA IRIS HYBRIDS

We have the best collection of Louisiana Iris in the UK with many of our own hybrids.  These wonderful plants have huge flowers in a rainbow of exciting colours from pure white to shocking pink, sky blue to deepest purple.  The foliage is evergreen, giving interest to your pond all year long.  They grow to height of 70cms and flower in May/June following on from the other irises in that flower in the Spring.  They are fully hardy, easy to grow and propogate and are an unusual eye-catching addition to any body of water.

Posted 11/10/2011

ASIATIC PRIMULA are a fantastic group of plants, both species and hybrids and are largely adapted to the monsoon climate of the region.  Sometimes called bog primulas, they like consistently boggy or moist conditions where they are never allowed to dry out completely.  They are completely hardy and thrive in soil rich in humus and dappled shade, so they do particularly well in bog or woodland gardens.  Plant your primula in Autumn and you will have a lovely display the following Spring into summer.

Posted 11/07/2011

With water lilies there are so many wonderful colours to enjoy, from purest white through ivory to pink, cerise through cherry red to deepest crimson, and there are the changeables. The flowers of Indiana start out deepst apricot with each flower darkening in intensity into glowing coppery red; Rossennymphe, on the other hand starts out baby pink and gradually pales to rich buttery cream so with each of these varieties, you get two colours for the price of one!

Posted 18/06/2011

Wow! The Louisiana Irises are flowering fit to bust!  Check out all our Merebrook hybrids including our latest addition 'Merebrook Purpla', the flowers are the size of a saucer, the colours are really vibrant, and the foliage is evergreen providing interest for your pond even through the Winter months.

Although developed from varieties native to the Deep South of America, all our Merebrook Louisiana hybrids are fully hardy and remain evergreen even in the hardest conditions, like last winter when our temperatures fell to -19!  Now all of them are flowering in our ponds and providing the continuation of iris interest following on from our native iris pseudacorus, the Japanese iris laevigata, iris versicolour and colchesterensis.  Water iris are amongst the pretiest flowers in a pond, with blues, purples and yellows to compliment other early flowering species like calthas and the 'Bog Bean' menyenthes trifoliata.

 

Posted 31/08/11

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLANTING CRATE

Remember that plants always grow to fill the crate they are in, so size does matter!

Small 9cm crates are suitable for oxygenators and for containing marginal plants in tubs and mini-ponds.

5lt crates are suitable for most marginal plants and for miniature water lilies.  They can also be good for small varieties of lilies in tubs and mini-ponds

10lt crates are great for water lilies in almost all garden ponds, and they can also provide space to grow for marginals in larger pools too.

For mor information see our advise pages – Caring for your plants.


 

 

 

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 GIFT TOKEN

 Birthday, wedding anniversary celebration?  For that someone special, why not a Pondplants Gift Token so that they can add something really unique and special to their pond?  The token can be redeemed at any time during the year.  We'll just point them to our website so thay can choose just the right water lily, iris, marginal or poolside plant for their own pond.

We normally dispatch plants within three working days of receipt of order.  Our standard delivery charge is £7.50 per order for delivery within the UK.  For delivery to EU mainland countries please add an extra £7.50 per 2kg and note that we cannot deliver planting crates or snails outside the UK.  Full details on our "Delivery" page.

Our plants are supplied bare-rooted, lifted and prepared on the morning of dispatch.  The potted plants you buy from other suppliers must be re-potted immediately to give them room to grow.  Marginal plants need to be in 5lt mesh crates and water lilies in 10lt mesh crates.

DON'T FORGET TO ORDER PLANTING CRATES

Remember that plants always grow to fill the crate they are in, so size does matter!  Small 9cm crates are suitable for oxygenators and for containing marginal plants in tubs and mini-ponds.  5lt crates are suitable for most marginal plants and for miniature water lilies.  They can also be good for small varieties of lilies in tubs and mini-ponds.  10lt crates are great for water lilies in almost all garden ponds, and they can also provide space to grow for marginals in larger pools too.

 

  

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