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Hi folks, we 've just created a new wildlife pond in our garden. It's ringed with flat stones and then merges straight into a regular lawn, so I'm looking for wildlife-friendly plant suggestions for things to go in on the lawn side of the pond (so not margin plants actually in the water) - plants to provide shelter and ideally some flowering ones too to keep the missus happy. I've had Acorus grasses, sedges and Iris serbinica (?) recommended - any others people could suggest? We're in the south-east of England on a fairly heavy clay soil. I'm told that the ground around the pond will be barely any wetter than the surroundings so i'm not after bog plants.
Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France
Thanks for the suggestions. I should have added that the pond is small, only about 6 feet long and 3 feet wide in an oval shape. I think both purple loosestrife and rosebay willowherb are over 1 meter tall so probably too big for my little pond?
In reply to Bananaracer:
A nice looking pond.
Beware that grasses and iris' will take over the pond, so you'll need to do an annual thinning out.
We used to have grasses in ours until a few years ago, and now we just have lily plants, which provide sun cover for the two fish and nature does the rest with algae around the pond sides.
The grasses were removed because I'm no longer able to maintain the pond, but TBH, the water has been clearer since removing the grasses and the filter requires less cleaning.
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