How to Create a Water Garden in a Weekend

Add a focal point to your patio or deck with a gorgeous water garden.


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Learn how to make a container water garden, the perfect focal point on a deck or patio, with these quick and easy steps.

Step 1

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Choose an appropriate container and place it in a sunny spot; water gardens are hard to move once they are filled and planted. Place a few bricks in the bottom to raise the plants in individual pots to just below water level.

Step 2

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Arrange the potted plants on the bricks, thinking about how you will view the container. Waterlilies tend to spread out and are usually too large for a tub, but the little yellow 'Helvla' waterlily is perfect. Lotus also will thrive in a container water garden.

See more plants for your water garden.

Step 3

Add water, making sure to cover the tops of the plants.

Step 4

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Put a few rocks in the individual containers to keep them from floating up and to hide their rims.

Step 5

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Fill in bare spots with small floating plants, such as water lettuce or water hyacinth.

Keep It Growing

Refresh the water as it evaporates -- every few days during hot weather. Let the water overflow from the tub for a while to keep breeding mosquitoes in check. Mosquito dunks also help to control mosquitoes.


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