Personally, I think adding a faux pond to your garden is extremely hard to pull off. So, I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical when my neighbor Karen (a.k.a. nnK) told me she was putting in a pond. They just often tend to look … well … fake.
I should have known better.
She insisted it would look good, and she was right. Sometimes on really hot days I am tempted to dangle my feet in this pond. I keep telling her she should have made it just a tad bigger so I could float a lounge chair in there.
The Tiger Eye sumac in the back is perfect. The way it sort of overhangs the rocks and water looks very natural to me.
She’s got quite a few fish in the pond. And luckily this particular water bird can’t really eat them.
I think part of the reason nnK’s pond looks so natural is because she used field rocks and tried to make it look like a typical Minnesota pond, not like some sort of mountain stream or waterfall.
Another thing working in her favor are her plant choices. They all look native, and there are lots of them. Sparse plantings would not look as lush and fabulous.
I love the way she has moss and other plants growing around the rocks.
If I paid attention, I’d be able to tell you how she added a bog to help filter the water and how that works, but when she tells me that stuff I just nod my head a lot and pretend like I understand.
Oh, and in case you are wondering, I’m pretty sure the fish come in the house for the winter. She could add a small heater and leave them in the pond, but she says that would cost a small fortune, so she just has a giant fish tank in the basement for them.
If anyone is thinking about adding a pond, nnK is a great resource. Let me know and I’ll hook you up.