Water Gardens

Creating Your Backyard Water Garden

Water gardening brings a world of wonder and excitement to any backyard. Whether you are a beginning or experienced gardener, you’ll find that darting fish, colorful blossoms, and splashing water easily add to the beauty and enjoyment of your home.

Landscaping with water can create a tranquil family gathering spot with opportunities for learning and relaxing. Guests, to, will be drawn outdoors to the sound of moving water. Container gardens add movement and beauty to small decks and porches. Water and plants soften the surroundings and bring nature close, even to patios in high rise buildings.

Water features are as individual as the gardeners who create them. In summer the pond is at its peak. The perennial garden may be waning, but the water garden bursts with blooms. Water lilies and lotuses bask in the warm sun like bathers at the beach.

Which Style Water Garden:

* A formal pool reflects the symmetry of a rectangular patio.

* An informal pond takes advantage of features in the landscape. Rocks and plants are carefully positioned to make the pond appear to have occurred naturally.

* A symmetrical pond can have a free-form design. Plantings dramatically alter the appearance of the pond’s perimeter. Their form, texture and placement transform the water surface into any shape desired. You can further change the shape of the pond by using stones in a variety of sizes and shapes. In the long run, a simple pond shaped by plants costs less to build and is easier to maintain than a pond with multiple lobes.

* In-ground ponds are good projects for beginning water gardens because their installation generally doesn’t require special skills.

* Aboveground pools are ideal for those difficult-to-dig locations in clay, compacted soil, or among tree roots.

* Waterfalls and streams contribute motion and sound to a landscape. the design of a watercourse determines the emotions it elicits exciting or calming, energizing or elicits exciting or calming, energizing or restful.

 

Creating a Water Garden

There are a number of things to consider when adding a water feature to your garden, not only garden design Essex elements but also practical aspects to ensure its continued success. Take all of these into account before construction begins.

Siting:

The position of a pond within the garden has a vital bearing on its ultimate well-being. The design, arrangement and how it will fit into the garden landscape is of importance, but before considering those factors you must take into account the welfare of the plants and other aquatic life. If you do not pay attention to the siting, it may be difficult to create a balanced ecology within the pond. For a water garden to be successful, the plants and the fish and other life around the pond must be content.

 

Ponds and Sunlight

The Vital Role of Sunlight:

For best results, pond plants require  a position in full, uninterrupted sunlight, even thought this is conducive to a proliferation of green, water-discolouring algae. In such a situation the plants will flourish and compete with the algae, the submerged oxygenating plants using the dissolved nutrients in the water and the floating aquatics reducing the light falling directly beneath the water surface. Together, they make it difficult for primitive plant life, such as algae, to thrive.

Prolific plant growth on the surface of the water also provides a refuge for goldfish and other ornamental pond fish, while an abundance of submerged growth ensures that there are favorable spawning conditions..

Viewing The Pond

Whatever the position of the pool in the garden, you should always be able to see its best aspect from what you consider to be the most important viewpoint, whether that be the house, patio or a garden seat. However, bear in mind that whatever you do to accommodate the requirements of the primary viewpoint, this will have an effect on other aspects. You are creating a three-dimensional work of art that will be observed with varying degrees of frequency from different angles, so the aim is to put the best face on each one. While the structure of the pool can have a considerable influence on this, it is the arrangement of the plants of the plants that plays the greatest part. To some extent, a garden pond is a stage and the plants are the actors upon it.

Pond Aesthetics

In nature, water is usually found at the lowest point in the landscape most natural, even when the garden around it is more formal and manicured. It is unclear why this should be, but it is doubtless related to light and the reflective qualities of the water. A pool positioned higher than the surrounding area always looks ill-at-ease, except in the case of a formal construction where a deliberately raised pool is part of the hard landscape of a garden.

Although it may seem obvious to place a pool at the lowest point in the garden, this may not be practical, perhaps because of seasonal flooding, or the presence of a mature overhanging tree. And it may be removed from the direct line of site from the house. The best location of the pond can be achieved by the careful redistribution of excavated soil and thereafter the skilful positioning of plants, other than those that are going to be growing in the water. Shrubs and other structural plants can make an enormous difference to the overall appearance and setting of the finished pool.

 

Ponds and Trees

Sunlight is vital if fish and plants are to prosper, and while it might not be possible to provide a site without any shade at all, minimal shade should be a prime consideration. It is trees that pose potentially the greatest hazard, for all have leaves that are to some extent toxic if they fall into the water and start to decompose. Although visually appealing – especially beside water – avoid the weeping willow, because its foliage contains an aspirin-like chemical that can be harmful to fish when the leaves are decomposing in the water. This is not only the case in autumn; they often cause problems during the summer. Shade can be created in a number of ways, and while buildings and fences are a nuisance when they cast shadows, they are not as troublesome as overhanging trees.