The Perfect Plants for a Garden Pond

Attracting wildlife into the yard brings it to life, and a pond is a magnet for wildlife. 

Wildlife Garden Thrives Around Natural Pond

Wildlife Garden Thrives Around Natural Pond

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

A wildlife garden built around a pond attracts beneficial insects, birds and creatures, providing them food and shelter. Choose plants that will thrive in shade, sun and around water. Look for flowers with high yields of nectar rich blooms.

From: DK Books - Family Garden

You don’t have to stick to traditional pond plants in order to create an attractive and wildlife-friendly planting. As the planting moves into drier ground further from the pond, plant colorful and long-flowering perennials, such as hardy geraniums, to provide interest and season-long nectar.

Border Basics 

  • Size: 12x9 ft. (4x3 m) 
  • Suits: The margins and surrounds of a pond 
  • Soil: Moist 
  • Site: Full sun or partial shade 

Shopping List 

  • 1 x Caltha palustris 
  • 5 x Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
  • 3 x Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus 
  • 3 x Iris sibirica 
  • 5 x Iris ensata 
  • 3 x Geranium 'Brookside'

Planting and Aftercare 

Margin plants such as Caltha palustris should be planted on a shallow shelf on the edge of the pond, as they like to be completely immersed in water, but not planted too deep. They should be planted first in a planting basket filled with aquatic compost; cover this with pea gravel to prevent the compost from floating away. 

Moisture-loving plants, such as cirsium, hemerocallis and iris, will do best in moist soil, so if the soil around the pond is not naturally damp, create a bog garden by digging out an area and lining it with pond liner perforated with a garden fork. Refill the liner with soil and then plant it up.

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