A water garden is a wonderful idea for a patio or landscape. These can be complicated to create, and can take a lot of time and cost for large ponds or water cascade gardens, so a starter garden is an easy solution. A starter garden is manageable and smaller, allowing you time to determine if this hobby you want to pursue on a larger scale, as well as giving you time to choose the perfect location as well as set aside the proper expenses for a water garden on a larger scale.
Creating mini-ponds or smaller water gardens, often done in containers, are perfect for easy care and smaller settings. These gardens are great to set as a focal point for a patio, or perhaps at an entrance to your home to create a friendly welcome. Consider placing them in a tucked away corner of your setting for a lovely surprise, as the sparkling water creates an enchanting touch.
A water garden can be a fountain as well, either formal or informal. They can also be left unmoving. These smaller water features are the perfect choice for small patios or for small flower gardens. They create a charming focal point without looking out of proportion with the rest of the environment. The most popular option for a water garden is an urn, usually a ceramic and colorful choice. Urns are easy choices because they are simple to set up. To turn it into a fountain, all you need is a small pump set at the bottom of the urn; fill it with water, and you’re finished. This will create a charming focal point, and a simple feature that adds a big impact.
You can take the handmade route, or you can spend a little more money, and purchase a fountain that is already pre-made and assembled. Sometimes these even come with fish and plants to create a complete look. No matter which style you choose, it is important to make sure the style is in balance with the décor of your garden setting. Choosing a style that has nothing to do with your current design will stand out like a sore thumb in your landscape, resulting in a water garden that is neither appealing nor pleasant.
A starter water garden is a great way to test your own abilities. You will see if you can handle simple maintenance needs and basic care, as well as find out if it is an enjoyable hobby. If you find it is an enjoyable project, you may want to consider a larger project, or the addition of a water pond if possible. Starter gardens allow you to build skills over time, learning important skills that allow you to take on more ambitious projects. Often, these smaller water gardens can actually be a starting point for a much larger water project.
If you are creating a water garden only, in a ceramic or clay pot, be sure to take them in for the winter, or empty them. These pots do not do well in the cold weather, and the frost can cause them to crack and break. If you find the water garden is not your thing, you can use these pots as planters, and fill them with soil and flowers, creating a stunning focal point in this way as well.
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team