Garden pond design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Artificial water bodies in the garden have long been one of the most sought after features of homeowners and landscape designers alike. A nicely laid out garden pond adjacent to the main residence has the ability to completely transform the look and feel of any space. Today, we can see that garden ponds are a feature that can be found in all kind of houses all over the globe and in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Where should I start when designing my garden pond?

Start with deciding on the size and orientation of the pond. Think of what kind of water body do you want, try to visual its final form. Also give a preliminary thought on its depth, whether or not you would want to have fishes, aquatic plants, etc.

You can position your pond near the entrance such that the guests or other visitors can see it or in such a manner that the living or dining space overlooks the water body. You can also think of planning it in your yard where it will be more private with an opportunity to develop the children’s play area around it.

When it comes to deciding the look and feel of the pond, you can either opt for a completely wild looking water body or a slightly more ornamental looking pond. The benefits of a wild pond are that it is relatively easier to construct. It does not depend on electricity since there is no need of a water pump. This pond does not need be rigid; instead, you must allow it to blend in with the natural landscape to the highest extent as possible. On the contrary, an ornamental garden pond requires considerable amounts of planning and maintenance. These ponds typically have aquatic plants, ornamental stones, lighting features, etc. and are built to complement the house or the surrounding landscape. You can also think of adding artificial waterfalls/fountains that are powered by mechanical pumps as well as decorative fishes to enhance the overall appeal of the pond.

How to choose the location for the pond?

Most ponds function best in locations that receive regular sunlight as well as shade since this environment is ideal for plants to grow and helps in restricting algal growth. The next thing to consider is the location of hidden services such as gas, electricity, and water lines. Before starting excavation, it is important that you contact the respective agencies in order to avoid any additional repair work or mishaps. If you have a considerably large property, make a point to call the department of agriculture in order to know if there are any protected watersheds and if there are any other regulations to be considered before excavation. Lastly, avoid being too close to the trees, this is to prevent any damage that might be caused to its roots during excavation.

How common are garden ponds in Malaysia?

Malaysia being a tropical country has had a long tradition of large houses with beautifully decorated garden ponds. Many of these ponds are fitted with water fountains or other water features which help in reducing the surrounding temperature by evaporative cooling mechanism, thus providing much needed respite in the hot Malaysian summers. This kind of setting is also beneficial from the point of view of attracting birds and pets around the pond, thus adding to the overall appeal of the space. Today, you have the option of choosing from a variety of experts who can develop a garden pond for you at highly competitive rates.

Which are the best plants for a garden pond?

Plants not only add to the aesthetic beauty of the garden pond but also help in maintaining its ecosystem. Hence, one of the most important factors to consider is the weather conditions of the region. It is recommended that you opt largely for native plants. Reason being, these will be cheaper as well as easy to maintain. Of course, you can also opt for exotic species. However, make sure that these will survive in the prevalent climatic conditions. Typically, Water lettuce, Waterlily, Jenny, Lotus, Sweet flag, etc. are the varieties that work best in such water ponds.

Which species of fish can I choose?

Koi, Goldfish, Catfish, Carp, Orfe, Rudd, Tench, Sunfish, Mosquitofish, are few of the best species that you can opt for. Koi and carp can grow upto 75 cm and are suitable for larger ponds. Goldfish are not suitable for cold climates and winter while Rudd are more suited for smaller ponds.

What should I consider while cleaning and maintaining the pond?

Changing weather conditions are one of the leading causes of water bodies being exposed to constant damage. It is recommended that you periodically clean the base of the garden pond as well as locate and mend leaks in order to prevent water loss. Ensure that the pumps are in the best of working conditions as well as make sure to clean the filter regularly. Further, also keep in mind to remove dead leaves and debris from water in order to avoid buildup of toxic gases. Lastly, if you have a fish pond, do not forget to periodically check the oxygen levels in the pond. You can increase the levels of oxygen and ensure good health of the plants and fishes by opting for oxygenating aquatic plants.