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Water Gardens and Pond Kits Buying Guide

Soothing sounds, a pretty backdrop, interesting textures: There's a lot to be loved about water gardens and ponds. If you've never considered adding one -- or if you want to enlarge what you have -- take a turn with water garden and pond kits to make it easier than ever.

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Like nearly everything in an outdoor landscape, there are varying sizes and styles of water gardens and ponds. For some outdoor enthusiasts, a small fountain is enough -- a water feature that adds a backdrop of sound and ambience. For others, a water garden or pond that showcases a few beautiful, unusual plants is perfect. For still other outdoors lovers, a water garden or pond is a chance to flex some design and growing muscles, including lots of unusual plants and even fish, if desired. Whatever your preference, take a look at the types of water gardens and pond kits -- tabletop, in-ground, patio, and bubbler -- as you begin to consider your choices.

Tabletop

Very small water gardens and pond kits that fit on tabletops are great small-space solutions as well as accents for living areas including patios, decks, and porches. These typically need access to an electrical outlet.

In-Ground

In-ground water gardens and pond kits vary in size from very small to expansive. They can be placed in a variety of spots in the yard, typically contain plants, and may have fish and additional features such as rocks and waterfalls.

Patio

Larger than a tabletop water feature but usually smaller than in-ground versions, patio water gardens and pond kits use a container but can sit on the floor of a deck or patio. They may contain plants and fish as well as a small waterfall.

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Danner
$17.49 $20.10
at Wayfair

Features:Carbon and coarse filter Complete replacement of original media for pondmaster mechanical garden pond filter # 957507

Danner

Features:Garden pond filter For use with pumps up to 500 gallons Low profile unobtrusive filter rests on pond bottom Easy snap in ...filter cartridge for quick media replacement Quick disconnect for easy removal from pump sources Can be used with many submersible pumps Offers particle filtering and chemical filtration of certain harmful compounds and unwanted colors Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 12 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 12 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 3.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 9 Pounds Special Offer: 10 Issues of Fast Company A $10 Value - Included with your purchase (Subscription and Rebate Info) read more

Laguna
$102.79 $179.99
at Casa

Laguna PowerFalls Fiberglass Ponds Filter Spillway This powerfalls filter spillway is for pond up to 4500 litres/1000 U.S. gallons.... The filter spillway can be installed in or above ground and is easy to use and maintain. A faceplate is included to allow easy liner attachment. The unit has a 1-1/2-inch threaded bulkhead for making a hose connection to a circulating pump, such as a Laguna Max-Flo pump. As water flows through the filter spillway, it passes through filter foam and biomedia, both providing mechanical and biological filtration. Completely filtered water then exits the unit over a 14-1/2-inch width spillway in stunning waterfall fashion. The filter spillway is made of solid, professional grade fiberglass that will provide lasting durability. The filter spillway is covered by a 2-year warranty. Measures 25-inch length by 19-inch height by 18-inch width. This product measures 19-pound. Dimensions: 25? x 18? x 19?. Weight: 14.2lbs. read more

Koolatron

KOO1144 Features: Pond kit Unique stone-look appearance decorative above ground pond which is UV Resistant, will not chip, crack ...or fade with normal use Includes: Includes a 200 gallons per hour maintenance free Pump with a telescopic riser and two fountain heads read more

Bubbler

Bubblers don't support the growth of plants; instead, these miniature kits supply the soothing sounds of water, typically in a recirculating variety.

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Rain Bird
$8.87 $9.51
at Wayfair

Features:Flower bubbler Full circle pattern only Adjustment screw regulated spray distance for spacing 12'' to 36''' apart Filter ...screen included Dimensions: Overall Product Weight: 0.02 Pounds read more

Kohler

The Kohler K-7524-CP Polished Chrome Bubbler is designed to fashionably match your decor. The K-7524-CP features solid brass const...ruction for durability and reliability. Faucet Type: Bubbler Faucet Finish: Polished Chrome ab1953 certified read more

Orbit
$10.76 $12.99
at Wayfair

Features:Micro-Bubbler on 6'' stake 5 per bag Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 6 Inches Overall Product Weight: 0.08 Po...unds Special Offer: 10 Issues of Fast Company A $10 Value - Included with your purchase (Subscription and Rebate Info) read more

Orbit
$9.03 $17.48
at Wayfair

Features:Mushroom bubbler II Ideal for small spot watering shrub and flower areas Gentle mushroom spray Adjustable nozzle with ful...l flow to positive shut-off 0.5'' FNPT inlet Heavy-duty plastic construction Dimensions: Overall Product Weight: 0.04 Pounds Special Offer: 10 Issues of Fast Company A $10 Value - Included with your purchase (Subscription and Rebate Info) read more

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Like nearly everything in an outdoor landscape, there are varying sizes and styles of water gardens and ponds. For some outdoor enthusiasts, a small fountain is enough -- a water feature that adds a backdrop of sound and ambience. For others, a water garden or pond that showcases a few beautiful, unusual plants is perfect. For still other outdoors lovers, a water garden or pond is a chance to flex some design and growing muscles, including lots of unusual plants and even fish, if desired. Whatever your preference, take a look at the types of water gardens and pond kits -- tabletop, in-ground, patio, and bubbler -- as you begin to consider your choices.

Tabletop

Very small water gardens and pond kits that fit on tabletops are great small-space solutions as well as accents for living areas including patios, decks, and porches. These typically need access to an electrical outlet.

In-Ground

In-ground water gardens and pond kits vary in size from very small to expansive. They can be placed in a variety of spots in the yard, typically contain plants, and may have fish and additional features such as rocks and waterfalls.

Patio

Larger than a tabletop water feature but usually smaller than in-ground versions, patio water gardens and pond kits use a container but can sit on the floor of a deck or patio. They may contain plants and fish as well as a small waterfall.

Bubbler

Bubblers don't support the growth of plants; instead, these miniature kits supply the soothing sounds of water, typically in a recirculating variety.

Product Features

Product Features

At first glance, a water garden or pond can seem intimidating to construct, a project that involves lots of moving parts and pieces and the potential for lots of extra work. In fact, water gardens and pond kits make it easy -- but there are some product features to consider that can help make adding and maintaining the feature much easier and less time-consuming. Those include a fountain/waterfall/spitter, a liner, and a pump. Be sure to investigate the features of each; here's a short overview to help.

Fountain/Waterfall/Spitter

Even very small water gardens and pond kits may have some sort of fountain or waterfall element; it's a great opportunity to move water and add pretty backdrop sounds to the landscape. Very small ponds may simply need a powered accent called a spitter.

Liner

Liners are either flexible and soft or pre-formed and hard. Pre-formed will provide a set base shape for the water garden, while the flexible versions can be shaped to fit a custom hole.

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Koolatron
$59.99-$79.99 $79.99
at Wayfair

Pond Kits include everything you need to construct a beautiful, low maintenance water garden. Features:Pond kit 2 Floating silk wa...ter lilies Solar globe light Includes fish friendly non toxic pond liner Includes UL and ULC approved pump with 2 fountain heads, diverter and amp; telescopic riser Dimensions: 84 GallonOverall Product Weight: 11.33 Pounds 400 GallonOverall Product Weight: 22.9 Pounds 270 GallonOverall Product Weight: 18.83 Pounds read more

Trademark Art
$54.95-$97.89 $69.99-$119.99
at Overstock.com

Artist: Kurt Shaffer Title: Snowy Pond Product type: Giclee, gallery wrapped Style: Still Life Format: Vertical Size: Medium, larg...e, extra-large Subject: Photography Medium: Giclee Dimensions: Medium: 24 inches high x 18 inches wide x 2 inches deep Large: 32 inches high x 22 inches wide x 2 inches deep Extra-large: 47 inches high x 30 inches wide x 2 inches deep Giclee is an advanced print making process for creating high quality fine art reproductions. The attainable excellence that giclee printmaking affords makes the reproduction virtually indistinguishable from the original artwork. The result is wide acceptance of giclee by galleries, museums, and private collectors. Gallery wrapped is a method of stretching an artists canvas so that the canvas wraps around the sides and is secured to the back of the wooden frame. This method of stretching and preparing a canvas allows for a frameless presentation of the finished painting. This custom-made item will ship within 1-2 business days. read more

Danner
$17.49 $20.10
at Wayfair

Features:Carbon and coarse filter Complete replacement of original media for pondmaster mechanical garden pond filter # 957507

Danner

Features:Garden pond filter For use with pumps up to 500 gallons Low profile unobtrusive filter rests on pond bottom Easy snap in ...filter cartridge for quick media replacement Quick disconnect for easy removal from pump sources Can be used with many submersible pumps Offers particle filtering and chemical filtration of certain harmful compounds and unwanted colors Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 12 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 12 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 3.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 9 Pounds Special Offer: 10 Issues of Fast Company A $10 Value - Included with your purchase (Subscription and Rebate Info) read more

Pump

A pump determines the pond's flow and provides power for circulation; it may be submersible or external as well as direct-drive or magnetic-drive. Submersible pumps typically have a shorter lifespan and need more regular cleaning.

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Pondmaster
$149.29 $169.00
at Casa

Supreme Pondmaster Filter with 700 GPH Pump. Set includes the Pondmaster 1000 filter and a Supreme Mag-Drive pump. The system come...s complete with the filter, bell style and adjustable fountain heads, pump and a length of tubing to connect pump and filter. Filtering media provides effective biological and mechanical filtration. The system can be used as the sole source of bio-mechanical filtration or in conjunction with an additonal external biological filter system. For ponds up to 1400 gallons. read more

Atlantic Water Gardens
$249.99 $291.00
at Casa

Atlantic Water Gardens SH2050 TidalWave Solid Handling Pump TidalWave Solid Handling Pump with true solids handling capacities of ...up to 1 1/2, this pump will excel under the most rigorous conditions. read more

Atlantic Water Gardens
$1,030.29 $1,200.00
at Casa

Atlantic Water Gardens Basin and Pump Kit for Spillways, 36-Inch Complete Basin Kit - 24 - includes all the components needed to i...nstall any of Atlantics 24 spillways. read more

Atlantic Water Gardens
$456.49 $531.52
at Casa

Atlantic Water Gardens TW6000 Asynchronous Mag Drive Pump Asynchronous Mag Drive Pump - Perfect for high flow, medium head applica...tions where energy consumption is a factor. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

For very small water gardens and pond kits -- such as tabletop varieties -- the purchase considerations are much less involved and complex. But as the size of your proposed pond or water garden gets bigger, it's more important to integrate it into the overall plan for your landscape, and to review carefully the various purchase considerations. Those include size and shape, lights, cleaning accessories, algae and moss control, and power source. Use this helpful, quick guide to those items to get you started on the right water garden and pond kit for you.

Size and Shape

Water garden and pond kits may be available with a predetermined size of container or shape of liner. You can also set the size and shape of your water feature.

Lights

Most water gardens and pond kits are particularly dramatic at night when lit from below. LED lights, which have exceptionally long life and require little energy, are a great option to provide direct white accent light.

Cleaning Accessories

Brushes, skimmer nets, pruners, and waders are great investments to help you maintain a clean and clear water garden and pond.

Algae and Moss Control

Warmer temperatures and more sunlight may cause algae and moss problems for water gardens and pond kits. Additives to a pond will help to control algae and moss.

Power Source

Because pumps are a piece of machinery, they require power; most need electricity, but a few are powered by solar energy.

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Atlantic Water Gardens
$134.49 $194.85
at Casa

Atlantic Water Gardens FilterFall with 1-1/2-Inch Bulkhead, 17-Inch FilterFall - 17 - 1 1/2 Bulkhead - Ideal for small water garde...ns with a 2,000 - 3,000 GPH pump flow. read more

Atlantic Water Gardens FilterFall with 1-1/2-Inch Bulkhead, 17-Inch
Koolscapes
$99.99 $139.99
at Kmart

Ideal for apartment dwellers, decks and rooftop gardens, this deck and balcony pond kit includes everything you need to create a f...ully functional pond. The compact contemporary design lends a touch of sophistication for anyone's outdoor décor. Start water gardening and make any deck or balcony look great. You may not have room in your backyard for a huge pond or even a small one - but everyone has room for this beautiful Deck Pond Kit Includes a 200 GPH Maintenance free pump with telescopic riser 2 fountain heads Decorative above ground pond which is UV Resistant, will not chip, crack or fade with normal use Added on March 10, 2012 read more

Koolscapes Deck and Balcony Pond Kit
Atlantic Water Gardens
$1,019.98 $1,326.00
at Walmart

Atlantic Basin Kits are designed to fit perfectly with all of our formal spillways - the Color ChangingColorfalls, the Classic Col...orfalls and our newStainless Steel Scuppers- Whether you're adding the shimmering nighttime enchantment of aColorfalls or an elegant touch of class with aStainless Steel Scupper, our Basin Kits provideeverything you need to complete the installation,from the reservoir to the plumbing to the pump,with all the fittings, double filtration, splash mat, even an Automatic Fill Valve- For use with: All 36'' spillways- Dimension: 56'' W x 24'' D x 16'' H- SKU: ATLWG215 read more

Atlantic Water Gardens CFBASINKIT36 Basin and Pump Kit for 36 inch Spillways
Koolscapes
$147.83 $189.99
at Sears

This pond kit includes everything you need to create a beautiful water garden in your own yard. Create a fun and attractive pond w...ith fish and plants; this pond kit includes a non toxic, fish friendly liner. The included 340gph pump keeps water moving and creates an attractive fountain effect... This product: Koolscapes 400 Gallon Pond Kit with Solar Light $147.83 read more

Koolscapes 400 Gallon Pond Kit with Solar Light
BrylaneHome
$269.99 $599.99
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This spacious, portable, pop-up gazebo sets up in minutes and lets you enjoy the outdoors longer by shading you and your outdoor f...urniture from the sun. read more

Oversized 10 x 15 Instant Pop Up Gazebo With Screen
Atlantic Water Gardens
$134.49 $194.85
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Atlantic Water Gardens FilterFall with 1-1/2-Inch Bulkhead, 17-Inch FilterFall - 17 - 1 1/2 Bulkhead - Ideal for small water garde...ns with a 2,000 - 3,000 GPH pump flow. read more

Atlantic Water Gardens FilterFall with 1-1/2-Inch Bulkhead, 17-Inch
Dura-Trel
$77.98 $99.99
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Mocha color Durable, high-grade PVC vinyl material Maintenance-free, fade-resistant material Never need to sand, paint or stain In...cludes ground-mount anchors Some assembly required Measures 28W x 2D x 66H inches Whats Included Trellis, 14-inch Vinyl Ground-Mount AnchorsDescription Clean lines and a simple design make the Dura-Trel Cottage 5.5-ft. Vinyl Wall Trellis - Mocha perfect for any homes exterior. Roses and other vines will love to climb the grid-style surface and the versatile Mocha color is lovely complement to your garden. Constructed of durable PVC vinyl, this trellis is completely maintenance-free. It will never fade or warp, and you will never have to sand, paint or stain it. UV stabilizers protect the vinyl from the suns harmful rays, keeping it looking like new season after season. About Dura-Trel Inc. Durability, versatility, reliability, and quality. These are the cornerstones of Dura-Trels commitment to you. Our lawn and garden selections are an unbeatable and maintenance-free enhancement that can help transform the outdoors from average to outstanding. As you would expect from a national corporation with over 25 years of experience like ours, we offer competitive pricing and quick delivery. But we also have something our competitors dont - a custom production process that blends the efficiency of large-scale manufacturing with the time-honored qualities of hand-crafting traditions. read more

Dura-Trel Cottage 5.5-ft. Vinyl Wall Trellis - Mocha
Dura-Trel
$334.99 $529.99
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The Dura-Trel Camelot 7-ft. Vinyl Pergola Arbor with Planters creates an enchanted entryway into your garden. This arbor includes ...2 vinyl planter boxes (1 on each side) that attach directly to the arbor legs. Your favorite flowers and climbing vines will add color and charm in no time. This pergola style arbor is constructed of high grade PVC Vinyl that carries a 20 year warranty. It is durable and maintenance free. UV stabilizers protect the vinyl from harmful ultraviolet rays, so it will not fade over time. As an additional bonus, this arbor will never need painting. This product comes completely fabricated with it being cut to size and with all holes pre-drilled. All you do is put the pieces together with simple to understand instructions and drawings, and secure with screws and bolts that are provided. Anchor stakes for added stability are also included. SIZE DIMENSIONS: Overall dimensions: 82W x 40D x 85H inchesInside dimensions: 50W x 28D x 78H inchesPlanter box dimensions: 28L x 16W x 19H inchesPlanter box inside dimensions: 24L x 12W x 11.5H inchesWeight: 75 lbs.Estimated assembly time: 60 minutes About Dura-Trel Inc. Durability, versatility, reliability, and quality. These are the cornerstones of Dura-Trel's commitment to you. Our lawn and garden selections are an unbeatable and maintenance-free enhancement that can help transform the outdoors from average to outstanding. As you would expect from a national corporation with over 25 years of experience like ours, we offer competitive pricing and quick delivery. But we also have something our competitors don't - a custom production process that blends the efficiency of large-scale manufacturing with the time-honored qualities of hand-crafting traditions. read more

Dura-Trel Camelot 7-ft. Vinyl Pergola Arbor with Planters
Good Directions
$198.98 $249.99
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Classic copper weathervane watches over your garden Beautiful polished copper finish Brass assembly rod for maintenance-free use E...asy to install - mount sold separately Dimensions: 20L x 9.5H in. Dimensions are for figure only - add 15 in. for total height Includes spacer balls, directionals and rod Whats Included Figure, Spacer balls, Directionals and RodDescription About Good Directions Good Directions got its start by creating weathervanes and cupolas, but it has expanded its line to include a wide range of decorative yet functional products for the home and garden, including popular Fire Domes, rain chains, and garden weathervanes. The company continues to attract innovative artists and designers eager to lend their vision to the creation of exceptional products to enhance the home, both indoors and out. No matter which way the wind blows, you can count on Good Directions to show you the way to a beautiful home. read more

Good Directions Angel Garden Weathervane - Polished Copper
Coral Coast
$179.98 $229.99
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The Coral Coast Harrison 6-ft. Cedar Garden Bridge will have your neighbors scrambling to find something that equals its charm. Cr...afted of beautiful, weather-resistant cedar, this bridge is unfinished - you can stain it any way you like. Place it over streams, ponds ... anywhere in your outdoor living space. About Cedar Wood Cedar wood is lightweight and resistant to both cracking and moisture rot. The oils of this resilient wood guard against insect attack and decay, and their distinctive aroma acts as a mild insect repellant. Cedar is a dependable choice for outdoor furniture, either as a finished or unfinished wood. Over time, unfinished cedar left outdoors will weather to a silvery gray patina. This natural process does not compromise the strength or integrity of the wood. Another great aspect of cedar is its environmental effect - which is minimal. A renewable resource, cedar wood emits low greenhouse gases. So rest assured knowing that your beautiful cedar product is a green choice, too! About Coral Coast What if, when you closed your eyes, you pictured yourself in your own backyard? Coral Coast has a collection of easygoing, affordable outdoor accessories for your patio, pool, or backyard. The latest colors and styles mingle with true classics in weather-worthy fabrics and finished woods, ready for relaxation. Make yours a life of leisure. read more

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