Pond Landscaping Ideas

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Pond Landscaping Ideas
Build a pond for swimming, fish watching or reflecting the beauty around it. (fish in a pond image by Mircea Rosescu from Fotolia.com)

Start a pond-building and landscaping project by identifying its uses. A swimmable pond, or one used for irrigation, needs to be sufficiently large and deep. Aqua habitats for fish and other marine creatures must be built to suit the inhabitants: cold-water fish need deep water kept cool by shade, whereas some fish prefer a shallow, warm climate. Botanical ecosystem pools also vary based on plant types suitable to the growing zone. Local pump and pool supply retailers are a good source of advice for multi-use large ponds. Essential information for viable habitat ponds are readily available from koi and pond associations and local cooperative extensions.

Tropical Oasis

Research images of blue holes--vertical caves or sinkholes filled with water--for inspiration for a tropical pond. Paint or tile the pond liner a deep blue in the centre graduating outward to bright shades of turquoise. If your climate is conducive to growing tropical plants, surround the pool with orchids, citrus trees and large-leaf greenery. For colder climates, use ornamental grasses, hostas and deciduous trees that weep down to the water's edge.

Natural Pond

In an arid environment, match the colour of the pond liner with the surrounding earth for authenticity. Rocks piles and low-flow rock waterfalls surrounded with cactus, agave and assorted native plants create a natural-looking desert pool. Woodsier ponds with a dark liner reflect the greens and blues of the vegetation and sky, naturalising the pool to the environment. Contact the area university cooperative extension for a list of greenhouse-stocked native trees and plants; incorporate them in the landscape for a pond area that looks like mother nature put it there.

Infinity Edge

Infinity, or vanishing, edges are typically associated with swimming pools, but a pond horizon where the water meets the view is a stylish and contemporary pond concept. In an ultra-modern yard, create a geometric pond with the vanishing edge made of glass. A long infinity-edge pond with a gently sloping beige liner extending well above the waterline and planted with palm trees gives the illusion of an ocean beach in the backyard. Fill the pond with boulders that cascade down from surrounding rock gardens, and then add lily pads and fish for a natural forest pond with an infinity edge to a view of mountains or meadows.

Reflection Pond

The still surface of a pond can be used to reflect anything that rises above it and add depth and scale to a garden. Inlay a geometric pond in the patio or deck and surround it with sculptures, or paint a mural to reflect in a strip of pond below it. Add a sculpture, statue or floating novelties to the pond for mid-pool reflection. Nature lovers need only to surround a pond with favourite plants, shrubs and trees for the reflective effect of doubling the colours of the plantings.

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