Aquatic plants

Aquatic Plants are an interesting and attractive group of plants. They turn a sheet of water into a beneficial environment  for all the species that can proliferate along the margins of the water; voles find cover, dragonflies start their life cycle and insects hatch and provide food for fish, amphibians, birds and bats.  Within a couple of weeks a clump of aquatic plants will attract new colonies of invertebrates, and their flowers will attracts bees and other nectar feeders.

AES Europe Ltd can provide a range of native plants to suit most clients’ requirements for their lakes and ponds, whether it is for structural integrity, filtration and habitat benefits, or simple aesthetics.  Some of our plants even provide a ready source of tasty, nutritious salad leaves.

Marginal plants are supplied either as plugs for direct planting into banks or coir or, if pre-ordered, can be supplied ready-established in coir rolls or pallets to give an almost instant effect upon installation.  So please don’t forget to contact us with your requirements.

Choose from the following list if you want reeds and taller growth:

Phragmites australis – Norfolk reed

Glyceria maxima – Reed Sweetgrass

Iris pseudacorus – Yellow Flag Iris

Juncus effusus – Soft Rush

Typha latifolia – Common Bulrush

If lower growth, colour and aesthetics are your priorities, choose these:

Myosotis scorpiodes – Water Forget-me-not

Nasturtium officinale – Watercress

Mentha aquatica – Water Mint

Caltha palustris – Marsh Marigold

Veronica beccabunga – Brooklime

And if you want pot-grown water lilies, we have the only native choice:

Nymphaea alba – White Water Lily

These plants are common in most of the UK and will not cause an environmental problem if their seeds scatter or clumps get moved by flood water.

Plants are supplied in trays of 60 single species.  We can arrange for attractive mixed trays to be made up specially, however, notice is needed for this in order to allow the plants to re-establish.

Norfolk Reeds

Norfolk reed is the work horse of the aquatic world; it hosts bacteria on its root system that will clean “grey” water that is the end product of an effluent disposal system or simply improve the quality of water in ponds and lakes.  Phragmites australis is also the thatching reed used to create wonderful roofs in English villages.  Its is particularly prevalent in the east of England, in vast swathes by lakes or on marshy ground.  It doesn’t seem to thrive in the south west of England and the north of Scotland.

Small garden ponds

Even in a small domestic setting we would not advise anyone to use non-native pond plants unless they are certain that their pond is well above the flood plain and that their garden is not subject to flooding.  Plant material washes away easily with flood water and non-native, dreadfully invasive plants can end up in sensitive sites causing huge problems.

AES Europe Ltd contract to have plants grown to order on a specific site with no ponds, streams or lakes; this ensures that the plants do not come into contact with fish at any time and eliminates the slight risk of introducing fish eggs/ fry to a client’s pond or lake.  The nursery does not use herbicides or pesticides and is bio-secure.