Growing guide

How to grow aquatic and bog plants

These plants bring garden ponds to life. They grow either in the water or in the damp ground around the edges, and they help to blend a pond into the garden with their colourful flowers and lush foliage. Aquatic plants can also improve the health of your pond, oxygenating the water and providing food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife.

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Quick facts

  • Most are easy to grow 
  • Many flower in spring or summer 
  • Plant in spring 
  • Different types like sun or shade
  • Often vigorous and fast growing
  • Make new plants by division or from cuttings

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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