Planting for Wildlife Ponds and Reedbeds

We get many enquiries from different customers and businesses who are looking to create a pond or reedbed for either increasing or helping to protect wildlife and water fowl or to create water filtration systems.

We have put together a list of trees, plants and shrubs that we would recommend for these purposes. You should seek guidance from your local council or professional advice for filtration systems.

Plants for in the pond:
Common Reed Phragmites australis
Reedmace (Bullrush) Typha latifolia
If your pond is already present, we advise that you plant these plants in the margins up to approx 30cm water depth and a volume of 4-6 plants per square metre. Quite quickly you will find that they multiply and spread further into and around the water.

Plants for the Marginal Areas:
Yellow Flag Iris Iris pseudacorus

Reed Plants Phragmites australis

Reed Mace/Bullrush Typha latifolia

Soft Rush Juncus effusus
Meadow Sweet Filipendula ulmaria

Plants for the wet/marsh ground area around
the pond

Common Alder Alnus glutinosa

Aspen Populus tremula

Downy Birch Betula pubescens

Red Berried Dogwood Cornus sanguinea

White Berried Dogwood Cornus alba

Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicara
Varieties of Willow:
Common Osier Salix viminalis
Grey Willow Salix cinerea
Pussy Willow Salix caprea
Eared Willow Salix aurita
Cracked Willow Salix fragilis

Wildlife Pond