Posted: 24/02/2014 at 17:41
This is hard work! I'm quite tempted by:
- Typha minma (don't know if its native or not)
- Common Cotton grass (native)
- Blue/Purple Iris (definitely not native but a beautiful colour)
- Greater pond sedge (native & good for wildlife)
- Water mint (native & good for pollinators)
- Fringe lily (native & will provide some much needed shelter for the fish)
- Hair grass (native)
- Arrowhead native (native)
Oh dear this could get expensive. I just hope the pond is big enough!!
(This must be what girly girls feel like when clothes shopping!!)
Here's a list I compiled. I got it from the NHM website, then they took it down. I have noticed a couple of mistakes but more than 99.9 accurate.
Use your find facility on your browser to check if they're included on the list. If not, it's probably not native.
By the way, don't totally exclude the idea of none-natives, especially if it's a species, that is not a hybrid and closely related to our native stuff, such as Siberian Iris which are like our yellow flag but blue. There's a few very similar and all will play the same role for bees. Avoid hybrids because they could well offer little benefit for wildlife, not always but it's more likely, if in doubt do without.