Insulate your garden against temperature changes by sinking a pot in the ground.
Rather than placing a container on top of the soil where it's susceptible to temperature fluctuations, lower a pot into the ground so it's surrounded with soil. The minipond also looks particularly attractive at the edge of a path or when surrounded by other plants.
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Zones: 5-10 Time: About 1 day
1. Dig hole. Using the pot as a guide, dig a hole slightly larger and deeper than the pot, so the rim sits flush with the surface of the ground. Level the bottom of the hole. Add a layer of sand or gravel if necessary.
2. Place pot. Set the container in the hole and fill in around it with sand, gravel, or excavated soil to make sure the pot is secure in the hole. (Find a use elsewhere in the garden for the unused excavated soil.)
3. Plant. Fill the pot with water and let it stand for several days before planting with one water lily, a small lotus, or three to five small potted and floating water plants. You can camouflage the pot with flat stones.
Use a horse trough: Almost anything can be used for a water garden. Turn an old or new metal trough -- horse, cattle, or pit (available at antiques stores or at animal supply stores) -- into a water feature simply by sinking it in the ground; follow the directions for a smaller container. Add one or two medium-size rocks to connect it visually to the surrounding garden. Camouflage the rim with a covering of rocks and flat stones, or leave it in view, accented with plantings. Put a fountain near one end.