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23/08/2013 at 13:03

Hi, What are the best plants to put round a wildlife pond, have just finished digging mine out so any advice would be most welcome.

23/08/2013 at 13:47

Purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria is attractive to bees, and the dragonfly larvae climb up it to hatch into dragonflies.

23/08/2013 at 13:48

in the pond (or boggy bit round it) or on dry land?

23/08/2013 at 18:22

Both in the pond and round the edge?

23/08/2013 at 19:23

The candelabra primulas like that location and rodgersia is fond of a damp spot!

23/08/2013 at 21:34

Iris pseudocorus, yellow water iris are nice and do the dragonfly larvae thind as well but you have to stop them taking over. Marsh marigolds, water mint, some oxygenators

24/08/2013 at 00:58

I am finding this website useful

http://www.victoria-adventure.org/water_gardening/aquatic_plants_index.html

Although all the plants are listed with latin names, they have 'bog garden' aquatic' ' shallow water' etc next to their titles, and there are images of all of them.  I am finding the quantity and variety of options a bit on the mind boggling side, but have found it very helpful nonetheless

24/08/2013 at 07:46

That site's fascinating Sara, and some beautiful plants.  Not sure that they'll all be hardy in the UK and also not sure how useful some of them are to UK wildlife.

This site has lots of suitable native plants for a wildlife pond in the UK. http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/resources/leaflets/WildlifePondPack.pdf

30/08/2013 at 20:25

Thank you Dove - I've only just seen your response.  There's a picture of pond progress so far on Peat's herb lawn thread (concrete gone, but pond still a big hole!)

31/08/2013 at 15:20

Waterside nursery has a section on wildlife ponds.  And usefully a monthly 'what to do now' bit.

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