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August Interest

The lilac flower spikes of Pickerel weed are looking great and will continue through September, its sweet nectar attracting bees and butterflies to the pond.

Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'

Slender sweet flag 'Ogon'
Summary Semi-evergreen, growing in wide fans, this plant forms into large low growing clumps. It has striking, narrow, bright yellow leaves, striped with yellow-ish green.

Acorus gramineus variegatus

Variegated slender sweet flag
Summary Semi-evergreen, growing in short wide clumps. It has narrow, green leaves, striped with creamy-yellow.

Anagallis tenella

Bog pimpernel
Summary A fantastic marginal to help hide pond liners and creep amongst rocks and pebbles. The rose pink flowers smell of honey.

Anemopsis californica

Apache beads
Summary An attractive scented plant ideal for shallow water. Their green leaves turn red in autumn and once dried can be used for potpourri. Their seeds are often used as beads for necklaces hence it’s common name.

Astrantia major subsp. involucrata ‘Gill Richardson’

Astrantia ‘Gill Richardson’
Summary A lovely, upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial which prefers moist soil. From bright green foliage emerge its erect stems producing umbels of cherry red or crimson flowers surrounded by red bracts. Will repeat flower readily if dead headed.

Butomus umbellatus

Flowering Rush
Summary A tall British native rush that has long, narrow, dark green leaves and produces pretty umbrella headed pink flowers. This plant is perfect for providing egg laying sites for adult dragonfly as well as perching and roosting sites.

Carex pseudocyperus

Cyperus Sedge
Summary A tuft forming perennial with bright yellow-green foliage and abundant bristly green or brown flower heads.

Equisetum hyemale

Dutch Rush
Summary A robust evergreen perennial grown for it’s architectural and winter interest. Equisetum are also known as horsetails so must be grown in containers to restrict their rhizomes.

Gunnera manicata

Giant Prickly Rhubarb
Summary A robust architectural giant with leaves reaching 1 metre in diameter. Its flowers are small and may be followed by berry-like fruits.

Hottonia palustris

Water Violet
Summary A great native oxygenator with feathery leaves and lilac flowers that are held above the water from June to August.

Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo'

'Boo Boo'
Summary A lovely pond plant with a long flowering period, from May to September. Its crinkle effect, scented leaves turn bright red in autumn.

Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'

Harlequin Plant
Summary An attractive plant with variegated red, cream and green leaves from late spring through to early autumn, producing brightest colours when positioned in full sun. Its summer flowers have yellow flower spikes, with four white petals at the base.

Juncus ensifolius

Flying Hedgehogs
Summary Bright and upright marginal with spiky hedgehog like seed heads.

Juncus maritimus

Sea Rush
Summary A feathery native rush

Lobelia fulgens 'Queen Victoria'

Cardinal flower
Summary This short lived herbaceous perennial will bring a late splash of summer colour, with deep purple leafed stems and bright scarlet flowers.

Lythrum salicaria 'Feuerkerze'

Purple Loosestrife 'Feuerkerze'
Summary A tall growing native perennial with strong, upright stems, topped in summer months with long, poker-like heads of deep pink flowers. A double-flowered cultivar that produces considerably less seed, minimising unwanted seedlings.

Mazus reptans

Chinese Marshflower
Summary This low growing, creeping perennial is an excellent plant for very shallow margins and beach areas (not submerged). It will form dense mats of green foliage, and produce masses of blue-lilac flowers with gold spotted white centres.

Mazus reptans 'Albus'

White Chinese Marshflower
Summary A white version of the Chinese Marshflower; this low growing, creeping perennial is an excellent plant for very shallow margins and beach areas (not submerged). It will form dense mats of green foliage, and produce masses of blue-lilac flowers with gold spotted white centres.

Mentha aquatica

Water Mint
Summary A true native plant with strong scented pink-lilac flowers. Great for attracting bees and other pollinating insects.

Mimulus cardinalis

Scarlet Monkey Flower
Summary A clump forming perennial, bearing 2-lipped red flowers throughout the summer months.

Mimulus ringens

Lavender Musk
Summary Also known as Monkey Flower, this perennial has tall, delicate stems with long narrow leaves and produces tubular lilac flowers in late summer.

Myosotis scorpioides 'Snowflake'

White Water Forget Me Not
Summary White flowers

Nuphar lutea

Brandy Bottle
Summary Also called Yellow Water Lily. This native perennial has bright yellow, buttercup like flowers on stiff stems standing proud above deep green floating or submerged leaves, similar to those of a water lily. Its flowers smell strongly of alcohol, hence its name, Brandy bottle. It likes room to spread out, making it ideal for larger ponds.

Nymphaea 'Alba'

Waterlily 'Alba'
Summary Britain's only native water lily, Alba has bright white, fragrant semi-double flowers, with yellow stamens, scattered amongst dark green rounded pads. This lily has a large spread so is best suited to larger ponds and lakes.

Nymphaea 'Attraction'

Waterlily 'Attraction'
Summary A popular waterlily, with broad pads tinged with bronze, brilliant pink-red flowers flecked with white, and deep yellow stamens.

Nymphaea 'Aurora'

Waterlily 'Aurora'
Summary A smaller lily with attractive pads, mottled with purple and green. Its flowers, 5cm wide, change in colour from yellow when first opening, to orange through to pinkish-red with age.

Nymphaea 'Black Princess'

Waterlily 'Black Princess'
Summary A striking, sought after waterlily, with deep red almost black flowers. New pads are a deep purple, turning green with a faint purple edge after a few weeks.

Nymphaea 'Darwin'

Waterlily 'Darwin'
Summary Large pale pink blooms with a double petal. Ideal for medium to large ponds.

Nymphaea 'Madame Wilfron Gonnere'

Waterlily 'Madame Wilfron Gonnere'
Summary Double petals of rich pink fading to lighter pink towards the outer petals.

Nymphaea 'Mayla'

Waterlily 'Mayla'
Summary Bright Fuchsia pink double flowers with a lovely fragrance.

Nymphaea 'Paul Hariot'

Waterlily 'Paul Hariot'
Summary The perfect waterlily for smaller ponds. Starting as a pale yellow flower and maturing to pinkish red.

Nymphaea 'Perry's Baby Red'

Waterlily 'Perry's Baby Red'
Summary Deep pink blooms idea for the smaller pond or container.

Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Rubra'

Waterlily 'Pygmaea Rubra'
Summary Perfect for smaller ponds, this is the smallest of all the red water lilies. Its pads are purple blotched and slightly fragrant, its flowers open as deep pink and darken to deep red with age.

Nymphaea 'Virginalis'

Waterlily 'Virginalis'
Summary With its large, pure white, fragrant blooms, this lily is often considered to be one of the best white water lilies. A great choice for larger ponds.

Pontederia cordata

Pickerel Weed
Summary A favourite of ours, this marginal perennial is perfect for giving some late summer colour to the pond, producing tall erect heart shaped leaves with dense blue-lilac flower spikes.

Pontederia cordata lanceolata

Giant Pickerel Weed
Summary A larger variety of the standard Pontederia cordata. This plant produces much taller blue-lilac flowers over 1 metre in height.

Sagittaria sagittifolia

Summary With distinct arrowhead shaped leaves, this perennial is another favourite. Both native and great for pollinators, this is an excellent plant choice. Tall stems produce large white flowers with dark purple centres.

Scirpus lacustris tab. Albescens

Striped Bulrush
Summary Tall cylindrical hollow foliage with green and white vertical variegations.

Sparganium erectum

Branched Bur-Reed
Summary Sparganium erectum are a vigorous growing British native marginal. They are referred to as the branched bur reed and produce scented white flowers turning to spiny looking fruit balls.

Typha angustifolia

Lesser Bulrush
Summary An invasive perennial with long linear leaves and cylindrical dark brown flower spikes. Note, this is only suitable for large ponds and lakes as it can be invasive and may puncture pond liners.

Typha gracilis

Medium Bulrush
Summary Also known as Medium Reedmace, this is a smaller Typha, with light brown flower spikes. Suited for medium to large ponds as it will spread vigorously if not carefully contained.

Typha latifolia variegata

Variegated Bulrush
Summary Also known as Variegated Reedmace, this large Typha has attractive long green and creamy-white variegated leaves and brown flower spikes. Though slightly slower growing that Typha, this is only suitable for large ponds and lakes as it can be invasive and may puncture pond liners.

Typha laxmannii

Graceful Cattail
Summary A graceful slender typha for medium to large ponds. Typha laxmannii is less invasive than other typhas but should still be planted in containers.

Typha minima

Miniature Bulrush
Summary Also known as Miniature Reedmace, this Typha has perfect miniature form, producing round, brown coloured seed heads, ideal for adding interest to a pond margins. This is the only typha suitable for small to medium garden ponds. It will spread steadily, but is still best contained to a basket.

Veronica beccabunga

Summary A common plant found in and around the pond. It often persists throughout winter and provides a great habitat for newts and tadpoles.

Zephyranthes candida

White Rain Lily
Summary A deciduous or evergreen perennial with a stunning white crocus like flower in late summer.