Whether you build it yourself or get help, a garden pond is a great addition to the garden. It’s a cliché but true, the gentle trickle of a water fall and movement of light on water is very relaxing. Garden ponds are attractive and a real magnet for wild life. A pond looks good even in the winter when most pond plants die back and the images centre and far right show the same pond in winter and summer.
A pond is a haven for wildlife and as the pond gets established, so does the wildlife. Frogs, newts, hawkers and dragonflies are attracted along with bats, all types of birds and if you are lucky, maybe even a kingfisher.
There are a great range of water loving plants to grow under pond conditions such as sedges, grasses, a host of iris and water lilies. The wet conditions create the right growing conditions for a range of plants which are not generally suitable for growing in the garden borders. On the building pond pages there is advice about shelving and planting pockets so you can set your pond plants to the optimum level in the pond, and contain vigorous plants.
The images below show how easily wildlife is attracted to a pond; all of these images come from a garden pond and the amateur gardener really can have a garden which is attractive to all sorts of wildlife. Ponds give hours of interest. One of the best in late August/ september is watching Hawkers buzzing the pond, stopping, weaving and chasing each other in a flight reminiscent of a World war 1 dog fight. And then the Hawker stops; hovers close and eyeballs you out of curiosity and then is off again in flight, round and around the pond. Better than telly.
And twice I have spotted a Kingfisher.
You can build a pond in all shapes and sizes to suit your garden and on the next few pages there are several pages of step by step advice on on How to build a garden pond, information about Pond liners. In the section on Garden Pond ideas there is information about how to build a waterfall, a pond jetty and creating your own wildlife pond. These images can inspire you to build a pond this year.