Thursday, September 1, 2011

Designing Your Dream Pond

"It's all in the details." How many times have you heard that quote, and who was the first to say it, anyway? Whether you're planning a wedding, decorating your house, or writing a book ... the details put the finishing touch to everything. It's no different with water gardening. Attention to pond design details will make a water garden truly fabulous. As Autumn approaches, now is a great time to turn a critical eye to your backyard and start planning its makeover. You can find gardening items and pond products on sale this time of year ... design and install your pond in the cooler months of fall and you can look forward to hours of enjoyment when spring rolls around. Here's a stunning landscape complete with ecosystem pond that's chock full of thoughtful details that delight the eye at every bend and turn of the water.

At first glance, the extensive landscaping is evident, and then you notice details such as the spill of the waterfalls, the pops of color from flowers on the shore, and the orange and white dots of the fish in the cool, dark water.

An overhead view of the main pond reveals the walking path, stone bench, hostas, perennials, and more. Note how the pond isn't just a round circle of water, but creates interest with the height of the waterfall and the curves of the rocks and plantings.

Dainty Forget-Me-Nots fringe one side of the pond, while a patio acts as the shoreline on the far side. Bringing the pond close to the house instead of tucking it in a far corner provides better opportunity for interaction and enjoyment.

Another level of this pond provides an element of whimsy with a whiskey barrel serving as a waterfall. The many textures and shades of green plants create a serene oasis.

A small piece of driftwood hides the edge of a skimmer. This looks more natural than black plastic sticking out and creating an eyesore in such a beautiful setting.

Beautiful coneflower lends a hint of pink and orange on the shore while koi provide a flash of color just below the pond's surface.

A waterfall in the background peeks out from a bed of hostas. Taro, waterlilies, pickerel, and scores of greenery interlace with the smooth, cool rocks, strategically placed to make the water garden look like it's been there for years.

A gentle stream winds through the landscape and intermingles with its lush surroundings. A few waterfall drops add to the details of this amazing backyard, located in the hub of suburbia.

If you live in the Chicago area, be sure to check out Aquascape's FREE, self-guided pond tour in St. Charles, IL on September 17th where you can view more ponds just like this one. Click here for more information and to download the pond tour booklet, complete with maps.

This week I'm linking up to:

Domestically Speaking for the Countdown to Autumn Party
Bunny Jean's Decor and More for the Bunny Hop Party


Bunny Jean said...

Thanks for joining Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

I have gone through your blog enjoying post after post of the most beautiful ponds. I enjoyed our small fish pond that we had at our last home. The fish do truly become pets.

I will be featuring your blog on next Wednesday's Bunny Hop!

xoxo Bunny Jean
@ Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my MAIN blog)

Bunny Jean said...

Oh... I am also following you :)

Shabby Chic Sandy said...

I have to show this to my husband-its beautiful!

Poppy said...

Such a serene and relaxing outdoor space! Love the pond features and the barrel waterfall is so inspiring! Loved this beautiful post. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me. Have a lovely evening~Poppy

Bunny Jean said...

Just wanted you to know that this post was my favorite pick from last weeks Bunny Hop Party!

I'd love to see you this week too ;)

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

Shona Martinez said...

It is, indeed, all in the details. The rocks, the dark water, the green leaves, the flowers, the fish and the fountain gave the pond a relaxing look. This area can be a site for more interactions and family gatherings, especially since the patio serves as a bridge between the house and the pond. This is one dream pond that a house must have. :)

-- Shona Martinez

Jason Murphy said...

Indeed, this area is a relaxing site to stay in and get some inspiration. Also, I love the photos you shared here just like Frosted Glass

ingrid rose said...

This pond has so much that I woild like to putinto te water feature we are finally building on our five acres of parched desert to redydrate my soul.

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