Do you want to add a water feature to your small garden? If yes, then create a pond in a pot. Learn how to make a container water garden full of water lilies and irises blooming, fountains bubbling and fishes swimming.
Pond in a pot is a combination of potted aquatic plants. It is easy to maintain and needs less care. You can arrange plants whenever and wherever you like.
Choose a container
Take as large as you can, a tub, bowl or container, whichever you can use. Ceramic and Plastic containers of 15-25 gallons are best or use your old wash tub, porcelain container, old wine box or whiskey barrel (check out its leakage).
Choose a Container painted with dark color from inside, this way, your pond will look more spacious and deep. If possible take container more than 16 inches wide and 10 inches deep.
Decide a Place for it
Your container water garden will provide a serene ambiance to garden so place it wisely after deciding, whether the source of water is near to it or not, will it receive sunshine of about six hours but shade in the afternoon or not. Then you will need to check how it is looking from different angles. If placed well, it can become a beautiful focal point of your small garden.
Plants for a Container Water Pond
Choose three to five plants according to the size of your container, take different types of aquatic plants–Erect plants like ‘yellow flag iris’ and cattail, floating plants like water hyacinth, and broadleaf plants like the giant arrowhead, elephant ear or calla lily.
If your container’s size is more than the suggested 16 inches wide and 10 inches deep (ideal size), then you can grow deep-rooted water plants like lotus and water-lily, too. These aquatic plants need at least 10 inches of water over their roots and some space to spread their foliage.
Setting up your Container Water Garden
Once you’re done with choosing a container, placing it in a suitable spot and picking plants, you’re ready to set up your pond in a pot. Just fill up the container with general tap water and dip the potted plants you’ve bought. All you need is to place them up in specific depths of the container, for this use bricks to vary height to make a picturesque arrangement, see the diagram below for better insight. You can also install a water fountain and add fishes in the pond.
Container Water Garden Maintenance
It is easier than planting in grounds: no need to worry about soil, overwatering and weeds. Partial shade and the moderate temperature is optimum for the growth of water plants.
Restore water after every couple of days. Algae is the problem, and to prevent this–paint dark color inside your container and occasionally drain the water when decomposed matter populates on the bottom.
Mosquitoes can be a problem as well, to avoid their larvae to thrive, install bubbler or fountain or add goldfishes.
- To overwinter it in cool climates, keep it indoors.
- Use plants in diversity, but don’t overcrowd your pond in a pot.
- For fishes, you need to de-chlorinate water using chlorine removal tablets.