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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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.