Water Gardens: A Touch of Paradise at Home
Think about things you could see on someone's property that
you believe makes it beautiful and relaxing. Maybe in
your mind, you picture a beautiful garden with lovely flowers.
Maybe you see a pond on the property.
yet, maybe your idea of the perfect landscape combines the
two: A water garden! If so, you might be interested
in knowing that you can have one of these small pieces of
paradise right outside your own home. By adding an
attractive statue, bubbling fountains and some lights, you're
sure to create a peaceful setting that you and others will
want to visit again and again. And not only doesn't
this water garden have to be an expensive project, it doesn't
have to be a difficult one either. There are some
people who have used something as simple as a whiskey barrel
with a whiskey lining to create their water garden by simply
setting it up with pump and fountain as well as some goldfish.
Your water garden can be as simple or elegant as you choose
to make it. Here are the things you need to keep in
mind in creating your water garden.
remember to be safe. Before you put a water garden
on your property, be sure to block it off so that children
won't be hurt. This is especially important with small
children. In this case, you should incorporate a ledge
in the water garden itself so that if a child falls into
it, there is a way to climb out.
should put the water garden on flat land so that the water
is able to drain. Ideally, it should be lined up straight
on a path from the home. This way, you will be able
to easily supply electricity for any lights you use in conjunction
with the garden, as well as for the pump. Another
location consideration: Make sure you place it somewhere
that has ready access to an outside water faucet so that
you can refill it when needed. Water tends to evaporate
rather quickly in the summer, and so, especially during
July and August, you'll probably need to refill often.
location for your water garden should be somewhere that
gets a sufficient amount of shade and sun. The shade
is important to keep from scorching the fish-life and frogs
in the pond from scorching. And obviously, you need
the sun to encourage plant growth.
easier to provide sun than shade. If there's no good
location with enough trees for shade, another option is
to fill the pond with large lotus or lily pads. (Incidentally,
even if you do have trees, don't put the pond under them
if you know that there would be an overwhelming amount of
leaves, needles and twigs falling off into the water.)
are professionals who can install the water garden for you,
if you don't feel capable of doing it. If you do choose
to handle the project yourself, you can dig out a place
in the grand and set a prefabricated liner into it.
Then it's just a matter of adding to it by placing decorative
rocks around the edge, as well as plants, flowers, and other
garden decor. And for a great finishing touch, consider
putting in a small waterfall. Once you're finished, you
won't want to leave. And the best part is that you won't
have to. It's your own personal piece of paradise!