Beautiful garden ponds create tranquil spaces

Published at 11:57 AM Monday, September 18, 2023

By Eddie Smith
Michigan State University Extension Service

During my recent visit to the Henington House in Hattiesburg, I came across a stunning garden pond in the backyard. The clever use of plants in and around the pond created a tranquil atmosphere perfect for relaxation.

The water feature is the first thing that catches your eye. It produces a gentle, trickling sound and a soothing sight of ripples dancing across the surface of the water.

I found the horsetail plants growing at the back of the pond to be particularly adorable. These perennials are evergreen and have a rush-like appearance.

Horsetail plants have dark green, segmented stems that are vertically edged and rough to the touch. The stems grow upwards from the plant’s roots, and each node is easily identified by a cluster of small, scale-like leaves. These leaves fuse together to form a gray sheath, ending in a ridge of teeth.

Split-leaf philodendron creates a tropical ambiance in the garden pond.

This large, non-climbing semi-woody shrub has large, glossy, wavy, deeply branched evergreen leaves. It should be noted that split-leaf philodendron is cold hardy in USDA zones 9 through 11 and is expected to bloom outdoors only in southern Mississippi.

I loved the garden pond’s use of variegated Swedish ivy. This plant has unique leaves with creamy white borders and charming small rounded foliage. It spreads and develops as it grows, making it an excellent choice for those who want to add greenery to their garden pond space.

Variegated Swedish ivy can also be grown in pots and containers indoors. It is a low-maintenance plant that will provide many years of enjoyment.

I also highly recommend Swedish Guacamole Ivy to anyone looking to add some visual interest to their garden pond area. The leaves are deeply textured and have a unique, variegated pattern with a bright outline and spots of avocado green.

Swedish Guacamole Ivy is a beautiful addition to any indoor or outdoor space, and is sure to impress all who see it.

There are a few things to keep in mind when planning your garden pond.

First, consider the location of your pond. It should receive some sunlight, but not direct sunlight all day. This helps promote healthy plant growth and prevents algae from overgrowing.

Next, think about the size of your pond. This depends on the space available in your backyard and the type of fish or plants you plan to keep. A good rule of thumb is to aim for a pond that holds at least 1,000 gallons.

When it comes to designing your pond, you can choose from a variety of styles ranging from a natural-looking pond to a more formal design. You can also add water features such as fountains or waterfalls to enhance the beauty and tranquility of your pond.

Finally, make sure your pond is properly maintained to keep it healthy and looking great. This includes cleaning regularly, monitoring water quality, and feeding fish and plants as needed.

With a little planning and effort, you can create a stunning garden pond that will bring joy and relaxation to your backyard for years to come.

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