Garden ponds may be stocked with exotic fish, plants, frogs, snails and other critters to create a miniature ecosystem. This kind of pond may feature fountains, natural rock settings and cascading waterfalls that add soothing sounds in a backyard setting. Some ponds have goldfish, koi fish and colored lighting with either a preformed pond liner or a flexible one that can conform to whatever shape is needed. For homeowners who want minimal effort, there are even above ground garden ponds. Of course, for those who enjoy digging and designing, a do-it-yourself pond may be the way to go.
Koi ponds tend to be a popular choice when it comes to landscaping with ponds. This kind of pond may fit in perfectly as a garden centerpiece, with its unusual fish and plants. A koi pond does require a bit of maintenance though, including proper filtration of the water in order to keep the large fish healthy and strong. A fish pond with its multicolored fish is often a conversation piece for young and old alike.
Some homeowners create ponds that are aesthetically pleasing with cascading waterfalls and shapes that mimic natural streams. A fountain built into a pond tends to be a bit of a showcase, with a large or small display of gushing water. A pond that is lit at dusk may really stand out as well, with either flood lights or floating lights to provide special effects.
Homeowners who have children may prefer garden ponds that are above ground. This type of pond may be very similar to a dug pond, but usually is much easier to install. When children are around, an aboveground pond may be a better choice, so youngsters won’t stumble and fall into the water. An aboveground pond may have the same detailing as a dug pond, but cost a fraction to install. If a dug pond is preferred, a preformed pond may simplify installation to some extent because the shape is already there and all that needs to be done is to add detailing.
Sometimes people just decide to build their own garden ponds, using whatever they have available on their property. They may use rocks to provide barriers, and shop for plants such as red and purple water lilies, water lettuce, and papyrus. When designing a garden pond, some research is required in order to maintain a healthy balance in the pond. Building a pond from scratch in an outdoor space may take a little extra effort, but it may prove to be worthwhile, not to mention easier on the pocketbook.