Choosing the Right Pond Design
What's right for your space?
If you are considering adding a water feature to your yard, here are a few tips on how to choose the right style for your garden:
If you live in a landscape that has a naturalistic, country feel, this kind of pond will look right at home. Choose a spot that's fairly big and flat (or with a very slight incline) so you can accommodate a large number of plants and have enough space for wildlife to enjoy the water.
Best for locations that have a slight incline where you can make use of a natural gully or cleft. As with a natural pond, make the stream look as natural as possible, with plenty of plants along the edges.
Often built of brick with stone slabs on top, this formal style looks wonderful in small spaces. Consider building the pond on a patio next to a stone wall so the wall can anchor the pool and give it a setting. (That way, you can also add a wall fountain.)
Whether built to stand alone or incorporated into a patio, this pond often looks great in small, intimate locations. Its circular shape fits formal and informal gardens, and can be surrounded by formal flower beds, container plants, native blooms, or a hedge on two sides. Choose a level, sunny site where plants and fish will thrive and you can see the pool often.
Formal rectangular pool
Best in formal gardens with clean, defined lines, this type of pool pairs well with straight brick pathways, closely clipped hedges, and a flat space. Because the pool is often surrounded by brick, not plants, this elegant design usually features little maintenance and doesn't involve waterfalls or excessive plant care.
This type comes in lots of sizes, shapes, and styles, and it can fit well with plenty of landscape situations. It looks most natural if you already have a sloping site. Choose a more formal look by framing the pools with brick and building waterfall ledges out of stone slabs, or create a natural effect by edging the entire pond with plants and using boulders for the ledges.
Saturday, July 24, 2010 11:08 AM
I would love to build a water fall/garden in my front yard as I have a couple of baby Weeping Willows growing and would like to plant one of them beside it for shade. Or depending on the size maybe both around it. I don't think so though. Anyway, I would like your opinions on this project of mine please.
The above is my first option and now the second option is building it in the back yard near my swing where I can sit and enjoy it more. But then it would be somewhat under a Pine Tree and to me that could cause some problems with it's roots growing under/into it and possibly the pine combs falling into it.
I welcome and will appreciate your thoughts or ideas. Also I will be using large stones around it as well as other plants.
Saturday, July 24, 2010 11:11 AM
For above comment.
Monday, July 26, 2010 3:52 PM
I would choose the pond location where my family and I could enjoy it the most. I have friends and family that call or text me to see if they can sit in my backyard at lunch time because it's a nice place to be and I don't even have a pond.........yet.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 10:39 AM
You aren't specific on the type of weeping willow you have. Some like salix x sepulcralis 'Chryscoma' zone 6-9 will eventualy reach 50ft.tall & wide w/pendants that reach the ground, wouldn't be a good choice. At the other end of the spectrum there is Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock', which grows to about 6ft. tall & wide. Zone 6-9. They're many in between. Might I suggest, if you choose the front yard & you live in a neighborhood rather than a rural area, you might want to check w/city &/or covenents if applical first, as there may be restrictions, as to the dept of the pond witout requiring fencing. Rather than a tree to shade your pond, which always creates problems, why not use water lillies etc. they will shade your water & have gorgeous blooms? You might then plant ornamental grasses & daylillies for a natural look. Don't forget spring bulbs & mums for Fall, for almost year round interest. Good luck & enjoy your pond! I certainly enjoy my 1,000 gallon pond lovingly built by my hubby!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:26 AM
If you want to build a pond or install a pond yourself, do your research.
If you want to hire someone, hire a professional but DO YOUR RESEARCH! An inexpensive preformed plastic type from Home Depot or Lowes takes a lot of time to maintain and doesn't last long usually. A professional that does NOT do service or maintenance may not install a pond that is user friendly or east to maintain. A Pond in the sun grows good water lilies and marginals but also grows good algae. A pond in the shade grows less algae but does not have blooming water lilies. Yes, if you want a pond, put it where you can enjoy it. A pond with plants and fish creates a balanced eco-system if you have the space.
Saturday, August 07, 2010 8:00 AM
I have a small 2 lily plants and other plants in a large tub and they are doing well. My lily is blooming now. I also have a small pump like you use in a fish aquarium and 4 gold fish in it. However it does build up some green residue. Is there a liquid or pill or something to prevent the water from becoming mossy? I would like some help in this. Thanks. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:18 PM
Thank you all for your good advice. I recently put in a small gazebo to one side of my backyard and would like to add some kind of water interest to the other side where it can be seen but not cause any damage to the gazebo. My yard is on a gentle slope which evens out near the bottom. I would like something natural looking with a flowing type of building so I can listen to the water, too. The area is already fenced so that is not a problem. Is a professional the way to go? I have not had any experience with a pump and fountain.
Thursday, October 21, 2010 9:42 AM
Thank you for your input and the ideas to my water garden. I live in the country so don't have to worry about asking anyone for permission or about depth, etc. But, I have chosen to do it differently than mentioned above. I am doing this project myself, w/o help, so I had to minimize my plans.
See, I have a fiberglass tub, that would take a deep hole, that I would like to use as a pond and put a fountain in it. I have a pump which came with a fish aquarium that I am going to use to create the flow of water. Then go from there in completing it. This smaller plan will be a lot easier for me than the huge one I originally wanted to do.
Just the same it will turn out beautiful and Lord willing I will be back to share the results with you all. With God all things are possible, right!? Maybe I can recruit my male neighbor to dig for me.
Happy Fall to all,
Friday, August 03, 2012 2:40 AM
I love ponds. I have a patio pond that is about 350 to 400 gals. I took a 6 ft. diameter stock container I bought from the feed store. I put a filter, pump, fountain and uv sterilizer in it. I surrounded the stock container with the smaller retaining wall bricks. it looks pretty nice. However, it does not get any natural sunlight; it is very hard to grow any plants because it is under a patio. when i do find a shade loving plant my goldfish eat it or just tear it up; so I have no plants in it.