Water Garden Design and Water Conservation

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape December 01, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

A water garden is an area in the landscape where water is used as a design feature. Water gardens can be any size; however,  it is important that the water garden be integrated into the greater landscape plan.

Location for the Water Garden

  • Have an overall plan and integrate the water garden into the existing landscape
  • Use as an accent or focal point
  • Avoid placing in the middle of a turf area
  • Decide what style will be used  (formal / informal / naturalistic)
  • Determine the size of the water garden
  • Determine the type - will it include plants, fish
  • Choose appropriate materials, construction
  • Consider maintenance: water quality, algae control, fish diseases, temperature, predation

    

Small water feature surrounded by brightly colored annual flowering plants. Photo credit: Rick Scully Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 

Natural looking water feature.
Photo credit: Quite Adept Flickr CC BY-BC-ND 2.0

Conserving Water in Water Gardens

See Water Features Conserving Water for more information on conserving water in water gardens.

 


 

Additional Resources:

Southeast

Southern Region Aquaculture Center: Water Gardens

Midwest

Illinois - Water Gardening
Illinois - Container Water Gardening
Illinois - Constructing and Caring for Container Water Gardens: Problems - Weeds and Mosquitoes

West

Colorado (plants) - Water Gardening: Plant Recommendations


 

 

 

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