A water garden is probably the most serene of garden styles. The soothing sounds of the water coupled with beautiful plants and the sun reflecting off the pond make your garden a tranquil retreat. Design a beautiful water garden and keep it fresh with regular maintenance.
Install a Pond
The centerpiece of any water garden is the actual water. Fountains and bird baths are nice water features that are easy to incorporate. However, for real serenity, consider a pond. Choose a spot in your garden with relatively easy access for plumbing. It should also be lower if your yard has any slope so that water drains in, not away. Once you include plants and other accessories, the pond in your garden will become a retreat.
Choose the Best Plants
A water garden is, of course, a garden, so it's important to include plants that perform well in such conditions. The natural inclination is to choose aquatic plants such as water lilies and cattails. However, Better Homes and Gardens also suggests the following complementary plants:
- Lotus: has beautiful leaves coupled with bloom colors such as yellow, pink, white, and purple
- Pitcher plant: insect-eating plant with delicate, purple-veined leaves
- Rain lily: has fine yellow, white, pink, or purple blooms in summer
- Hibiscus: a hardy plant with showy, multicolored blooms
Select a variety of plants with complementary colors and textures to go in and around the pond.
Include Shade and Seating
Once you've got a pond and landscaping in place, you'll want to spend time in your water garden. First of all, find a way to include shade. This can come as a pergola, a well-placed umbrella, or even a decorative tree. Next, plan to include a comfortable bench or small lounge setup. To keep the furniture from competing with your garden, consider selecting neutral hues and natural (or natural-looking) materials.
Maintain Your Water Garden
Once you've spent time and energy creating a water garden, keep it beautiful with regular maintenance. Throughout the season, remove any dead foliage on the water to prevent an unsightly buildup. Likewise, keeping your plants fertilized will ensure they remain showy throughout the season.
Concerning your pond's equipment, consider researching landscape supplies from Peel Landscape Depot for the necessary products. You'll need to clean your filter as suggested by the manufacturer. Additionally, make regular use of antibacterial products to keep the water fresh. Finally, keep an eye on your pump throughout the seasons to be sure it is working properly. It shouldn't need too much maintenance, but vigilance can prevent the need for repairs.
Design your water garden with beauty and serenity in mind, and it will provide a restful spot for you to escape the day.