Friday, July 15, 2011

Every Deck Needs a Pond

If you're like most Americans, you probably have a deck, patio, or balcony where you can enjoy the great outdoors from the privacy of your own home. You kick your feet up in your Adirondack chair and enjoy the summer breeze blowing through your hair, but something's missing. All you see from your deck is an expanse of grass and a few trees, and what you hear are the neighbor's kids crying and their dog yapping. Your deck needs a view. And better yet, that view needs to replace irritating noises with melodic sounds. What I'm trying to say is ... your deck needs a pond!

The owners of this deck enjoy a view of a meandering stream that spills into a pond by their lower level patio. A wooden bridge invites you to sit a spell and dangle your toes in the water.

Is this someone's backyard or a vacation resort? Yep, it's a backyard allright!

This deck wraps around the house and leads to a stone path that follows the stream along the back of the house. And the best part? There's no lawn to mow!

Isn't this the perfect spot for a morning cup o' coffee or a fruity glass of wine in the evening? The waterfall creates the added dimension of soothing sounds.

Here's a switch. This deck is at the front of the house with a beautiful, reflective pond to welcome visitors.

A gentle stream flows alongside the shady deck while a brass boy spitter provides an element of whimsy for those who linger and admire the scenery.

Who wouldn't love this floating deck overlooking a waterfall that cascades into a pebble beach? The children love hauling their pails and shovels to play in the water and gravel.

A balcony and lower deck provide great views of this water garden. Relax on the patio furniture or take a trip across the stepping stones to see the fish up close.

Decks provide great feeding spots for fish. Koi will learn to eat food right from your hand.

A deck by the house wasn't enough for these lucky pond owners. A brick patio extends from the deck to a wooden bridge that takes you further back into the yard for more water garden delights.

A shady spot on the deck provides cool relief on hot summer days, while the pond helps to lower the temperature.

This unique deck dissects the pond, providing multiple viewing areas to enjoy the abundant aquatic plants and surrounding landscape.

So if you've got a deck that overlooks your lawn and all you see is grass and a few flowers ... why not turn it into waterfront property by installing a water garden or waterfall of your very own? You won't regret it!

Linking up with French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday.


Carrie Robinson said...

I love this particular blog. Great pics and so many ideas.

Jennifer Zuri said...

Glad you liked it, Carrie!

Nanniepannie said...

Just beautiful Jennifer. I don't really have any water elements in my garden...oh wait I do have a small fountain from's not quite the same. Thanks for visiting.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You always feature such stunning ponds and landscapes! we enjoy ours, but it is humble in comparison! blessings ~ tanna

Landscaping_Katy said...

=) Delightedly amazed again. Just when I think there's just so much one can discuss about waterscapes, you produce, like magic, a brilliant post on yet another aspect of water gardens. Thank you. Loved that deck that wraps around the house and the one that has stepping stones so you can interact more closely with the pond inhabitants. I was thinking a small outdoor kitchen someplace on a wide or long deck would also be nice.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Wow~ how absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful beautiful yard and love the landscaping and ponds you shared!! Thanks for linking this up at Feathered Nest Friday~ hope to see you again this week! :)

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