Water Gardens

With soothing sounds and distinctive plants, water features such as ponds, pools, and water gardens are varied, beautiful, and welcome additions to the garden. We have ideas to help you pick one that's perfect for your landscape. Get started with 19 diverse ideas, from small fountains to expansive ponds. Smaller water features are great do-it-yourself projects; try a deck-top pond, a pond in a bucket, or a pond in a box. All are easy to build, require little maintenance, and are small enough to fit in slim locations, such as a balcony or apartment garden. Some gardeners like fish in their water features; many types of fish are appropriate for water gardens, and we have a guide to help you choose and care for yours. Whatever the size of your water feature, you'll have to take care of it; use tips from members at BHG.com, or check out a care guide to keep plants healthy and beautiful. If you're having trouble choosing from the different types of water-garden plants, start with some of our favorite top-performing foliage and flowers, and check out our ideas for planting and caring for water lilies.

Water in the garden attracts attention. Whether you want to add a tiny fountai...

Create a natural-looking pond edge by carefully tucking in plants alongside...

A landscape water feature can suit any garden style, garden size, or gardener'...

Water lilies offer a floating mat of foliage crowned with resplendent blooms...

Bring the sights and sounds of water to your garden, deck, or patio.

The sacred flower of Asian countries launches huge plate-sized leaves from...

Truly a plant to wow your friends and neighbors, Amazon lily is nothing short...

Add natural beauty to your water garden with the top-performing varieties.

Choose the best types of plants for your water garden.

Choose the best types of plants for your water garden.

The water lily emerges as the undisputed star of home water gardening. Learn...

Create this easy water garden on your deck or patio in a few hours.

Landscape ponds of all types need regular maintenance. The seasonal maintenanc...

Add simple charm to the garden spot of your choice.

If you aren't blessed with a view of a lake or stream, create the same feeling...

Constructed with a strawberry jar, azalea pot, and terra-cotta bowl, this...

Outdoor fountains are a great addition to any landscape. Find ideas here for...

How to build a garden pond keep the liner out of sight.

One of the simplest water features you can make is a fountain in a container,...

A jewel in the water garden but invasive in waterways, water hyacinth is a pon...

Cattails provide a tall, textured background along the margins of a water...

This broad-leafed water plant thrives at the edges of a pond, and produces an...

This water plant is grown for its beautiful, velvety foliage that really does...

A water garden, like this one from Better Homes and Gardens book "Water...

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