Throughout history water has played a huge role in gardens all over the world.
The addition of water adds new dimensions and its appearance can dramatically change the look and feel of your outdoor space bringing the garden to life in a truely natural way and offering a beautiful focal point.
The sound, movement, colour and reflection of a garden pond changes constantly as the light moves around the garden with shadows forming on the surface of the pond from surrounding plants and nearby fences and walls.
Waterfalls, fountains and streams offers even more fascinating as the constant flow of water creates a sparkling rippling surface in the sun and a soothing sound that can transform a garden adding to the overall experience.
The area around a garden pond can be completely different from other areas in the garden with plants that are unlike their land based equivalents.
From the shape, form and colour of water loving plants that grow directly in the water of the pond to the plants that grow in the boggy grounds around a pond it all bring a new aspect to your garden.
Flowering plants, reeds and of course water lilies transform your garden pond with wonderful colours, textures and fragrance.
Adding fish brings even more fascination and movement to your pond, watching your fish swimming around is such a lovely and pleasant way to spend your time but if you don’t want fish you don’t have to have them, you can enjoy your pond fish free with just plants and the wildlife that a pond bring with it.
Building a pond in your garden has become a lot easier over the years with the development of materials and technology for construction.
Pre-formed ponds, flexible liners, geotexile matting and submersible pumps allow you to create ponds with fountains, waterfalls, streams and cascades to suit all types of garden from small to large and formal to informal.
If you are just looking for a water feature to add to your garden or patio you can buy kits that include everything that is required to get up and running, small self-contained fountains and large balls with water bubbling out of the top and running down the sides all make great additions to your garden if you don’t want to go down the full sized pond route.
Garden ponds are not that difficult to build and the design can go from small to large depending on the size of garden you own and the style that you want, it’s no use building a large pond when you only have a small garden as it will take up to much room and may look overpowering.
The same can be said for constructing a small pond in a very large garden as it will look lost and out of place.
Ponds are a great way of bringing a garden together using up some of that empty space that we all seem to have but don’t know what to do with.
Choose a design that suits your garden and fits in with the garden features that already exist or that is planned in the future.
Using a formal pond design might look at odds with a more informal garden layout as would an informal pond look at odds with a formal garden so take that into account when deciding the design of your pond.
When constructing a pond you need to consider the cost, although it is tempting to go for the cheapest material you can buy cheap materials are not usually the best.
Inexpensive plastic pond liners don’t last that long and exposed parts of the liner are prone to ultra-violet damage from the sun or can be spoiled by the frost in winter, so choose wisely if using a liner.
The same goes with preformed ponds, a lightweight thin plastic pond will not last as long as a thick rubber or fibreglass one, before buying check out the lifespan of the pond.
After reading the above you may think concrete is the answer and as far as performance is concerned you may be right but there are two things you need to consider.
Although concrete is very well suited to a formal design were all the sides are straight edges it can get a lot more difficult when you try to make an informal pond with lots of curves.
You also need to take into account of the soil conditions and whether there is a risk of subsidence or movements which will crack the concrete with disastrous results.
Everything you need to build a pond or water feature can be bought from garden centres, aquatic specialists or from online as many companies offer a mail order service, so what are you waiting for, as I said we all need a pond in our garden.