A water garden in an hour

Water gardens are something I have dipped my toe into in only in the last few years. I always thought they were for someone else. They struck me as too expensive (though they can be), too involved (that can happen, too), and too high-maintenance (oh, yeah, sometimes).

But, my overarching garden theory is that it’s best to make things manageable and do-able and then actually manage and do it. I want to see people get out there and try things. And it’s better to go small than not at all. That whole “go big or go home” thing is not for me. Super-sizing has its place in the drive-thru, but let’s not get overwhelmed.

You can do a pond in an afternoon. I did this one and it has served me for many years. Or you can do one in an hour. Here are a few ideas. And remember, moving water creates negative ions which release serotonin. Water gardens are good for the soul. Why do you think we linger in our showers in the morning?

Float a head of water lettuce in a fetching watering can on the deck. It's magical.
Float a head of water lettuce in a fetching watering can on the deck. It’s magical.
A birdbath is a good thing for us and the little creatures. Can't you just smell the peonies?
A birdbath is a good thing for us and the little creatures. Can’t you just smell the peonies?
A Red Wing crock, no matter the size, makes a great container water garden. You can keep the plants minimal.
A Red Wing crock, no matter the size, makes a great container water garden. You can keep the plants minimal.
The popular container accent plant fiber optic grass will live merrily in  a pot of water. It turns electric green and the little seed head bulbs plump up.
The popular container accent plant fiber optic grass will live merrily in a pot of water. It turns electric green and the little seed head bulbs plump up.

 

Don't hate on the store-bought fountains and fixture. Soften the edges and surround with plantings and poof, they're naturalized.
Don’t hate on the store-bought fountains and fixtures. Soften the edges by surrounding with plantings and poof, they’re naturalized.

 

 

 

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