Claremont Aquatic Nurseries is a family-run business that has been producing pond plants for the trade and public since 1984. We have all the plants, help and advice you will need for your project....from the smallest water feature or garden pond to reed-beds, lakes or large volume planting schemes. A well-planted pond will not only look good, it will also attract a vast array of wildlife to your garden, prevent algae growth and help to keep the water clear and fresh.
Marginal plants. These are the pond plants that will sit on your planting shelf and grow out of the water. Tall plants, flowering plants and low-growing, spreading plants that would naturally sit with their feet in the water and colonise the pond margins. When placed in your pond most will be happiest just below the surface of the water.
Oxygenating plants. Generally sold in bunches with a small lead weight attached to make them sink to the bottom (although some may come in a pot), the oxygenators are a very useful plant to have in your pond. Their name derives from the fact that as they photosynthesise they produce small amounts of oxygen which is absorbed directly into the water. They are very good at absorbing nutrients (provided by the fish!) directly from the water...thus helping to keep the water clear and fresh. If the fish population is quite high and the water is nutrient-rich the oxygenators will grow nice and lush. Simply thin them out as and when necessary, let them re-grow and absorb more nutrients. The bunches can be thumbed into a pot of gravel to anchor them down in one place or allowed to float freely. Oxygenating pond plants provide a very good environment for pond-life, invertebrates, snails, frogs, newts and small fish to hide in.
Waterlilies. The showy blooms of a waterlily will add the finishing touch to any pond. From bright red, pink, white, yellow and peach coloured varieties to aromatic varieties we will have a waterlily to suit your needs. A waterlily sits on the bottom of the pond, has long soft stems and leaves and flowers that float on the surface of the water. The main thing to consider when buying a waterlily for your pond is the water depth. Smaller varieties are suitable for 12”-18” deep as that is the length the stems will reach on a small plant. Medium varieties have longer stems that will tolerate a depth of 18”-24” and some of the larger varieties will grow in depths of up to 3ft. If your pond is too deep for the waterlily you have chosen, simply raise it up so the leaves can reach the surface. All our lilies have a label indicating the maximum planting depth for each particular variety.
Floating plants. In a very deep pond, or a pond with no planting shelves, floating plants are a very simple option...simply place in the pond and allow them to float around freely. They will absorb the nutrients they need directly from the water thus helping to keep your pond water clear and fresh.
Deep-water plants. There are some pond plants that will tolerate deeper water. Some (similarly to a waterlily) will sit up to 18” deep, have long, soft stems and leaves which float on the surface of the water. Some are the more robust varieties of marginal plants that will tolerate a depth of up to 9”-12”.
Native plants. If you are making a wildlife pond or a natural pond and would like to stick to native plants we always have a wide selection to choose from. Just ask our plants-man Paul and he will be happy to come up with a selection of whatever is looking good at the time.
Moisture-loving/bog plants. There is a slight cross-over from a marginal pond plant to a garden plant that likes damp conditions. Generally speaking, a bog plant (just like a marginal plant) prefers wet or damp feet and should never be allowed to dry out. A garden plant that likes it damp and boggy will usually be happy enough if the ground dries out slightly in summer. If in doubt, just ask one of our members of staff who will be happy to help you make the right choice.
Claremont Aquatic Nurseries are specialists in ponds, liners, pond pumps, filters, aquatic plants and fish, and are located in Leyland, Lancashire
Tel: 01772 421 860