8 water garden tips | Living the Country Life

8 water garden tips

The great thing about water gardens is they are obtainable. With the right planning, you can create an escape that will add a whole new dimension to your backyard. Here's how to do it.
Use a good mix of plants and habitats to make your water garden peaceful, attractive, and successful.

Develop a design with variety

2. Develop a design
"Take a garden hose and lay out your area. Just try to make a natural shape," says Jimerson. "There is nothing worse than a water garden that looks like a really unnatural round."

3. Plant a wide variety
"Your pond should have sloped sides with planting terraces that step down toward the deepest part of the pond. This way you can plant a wide variety of plants and create different habitats," Jimerson says. Habitats are important for both aesthetic value and water quality. "Most water gardens should have three main types of plants: oxygenators and marginals, which are the types of plants along the edge, all the way around the pond; the floating plants, which are the water lettuces and hyoscines and things on the surface of the water; and then, of course, the lilies and lotus."

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