Plants For Covering Exposed Pond Liner

A question I frequently get asked is ‘ What plants do I need to cover my exposed pond liner’ ?.  My advice and answer is, to dig your pond first and trim your exposed pond liner after you have filled it with water. Doing it this way, will ensure less of the liner will be exposed, & that you have adequate liner left over to cover the outside of your pond.  Which ever way your pond has been created, you will always be faced with the exposure of that unsightly liner, and knowing the right plants that will offer good coverage, can be daunting. 

Choosing the right plants is very important as we must consider the wildlife that will live in and around it. We should ultimately view this as a working partnership between you both.  If they are happy and contented, they in return, will help keep both your pond and the surrounding areas ecosystems running smoothly. So, taking this all into consideration, I have composed a list of plants below, that will satisfy both you and your wildlife. 

To help you further, I have placed the relevant plants into two catagories, the first being, plants that can be grown in the pond on a marginal shelf and will spread outwards quickly. These plants should be planted to a depth of 0-4 cm over their crowns or the planting container.  The second catagory are , plants that can be grown outside of the pond in the surrounding soil, in the same way as planting alpines or low growing, ground-covering perennials.  Some of the plants I have chosen are suitable for both in or around the pond and are listed under both catagories. I have done this as some of the marginals can adapt to rising water in the winter, and drought conditions in the summer months.  I have also added a couple of pictures to this blog to help you with your personal choice of plants. The pictures are of Mazus Retans and Mazus Retans Alba which are both perennials.


Ranunculus Flammula

Potentilla Palustris

Veronica Becabunga

Myasotis Palustris Mermaid

Myasotis Palustris

Myasotis Palustris Alba

Myasotis Palustris Maytime

Myasotis Palustris Pinkie

Nasturtian Aquaticum

Oenanthes Fistulosa

Hydrocotyl Vulgaris

Hydrocotyl Vulgaris Chrystal Confetti

Justicea Americana

Lindernia Grandiflora

Lobelia Chinensis

Lysimachia Nummularia

Lysimachia Nummularia Aurea

Mentha Aquatica

Menyanthes Trifoliata

Oenanthes Japonica Flamingo

Phyla Lanceolata

Preslia Cervina

Preslia Cervina Alba


Phyla Lanceolata

Physostegia Leptophylla

Pratia Angulata Treadwellii

Pratia Pendunculata

Pratia Pendunculata Country Park

Pratia Pendunculata White Stars

Ranunculus Repens Buttered Popcorn

Ranunculus Acris Multiplex

Gunnera Cordifolia

Gunnera Densiflora

Gunnera Flavida

Gunnera Hamitonii

Gunnera Magellanica

Gunnera Monoica

Gunnera Monoica Bronze

Hydrocotyl Vulgaris

Hydrocotyl Vulgaris Chrytal Confetii

Lindernia Grandiflora

Lobelia Chinensis

Lysimachia Nummularia

Lysimachia Nummularia Aurea

Mentha Piperta Chocolate Mint

Mentha Piperta Eau De Cologne

Mentha Piperta Black Peppermint

Cardamine Raphinifolia

Mazus Retans

Mazus Reptans Alba

Anagalis Tenella

Veronica Becabunga

Mimulus Moschatus

Mimulus Orange Glow

Oenanthes Fistulosa

Trifolium Repens Dragons Blood

Trifolium Repens Purpurea

Trifolium Repens Green Ice

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