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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Kings Pond
$160.99 $159.99

This hammock chair and stand set is the perfect portable solution for taking your hammock chair anywhere. The stands telescoping l...egs allow you to adjust the height to your personal preference. This set comes with a convenient carry bag. Color: Black,... read more

Koolatron
$87.73 $87.68

The popularity of backyard ponds continues to grow at a vigorous pace. This Ultimate Kit includes everything you need to not only ...construct a beautiful water garden, but to beautify it with lighting. read more

Tetra Pond
$99.52

Tetra Pond Water Garden Pump 1900 GPH is designed for ponds 1000 to 1500 gallons. This is a magnetic drive water garden pump that ...can power waterfalls, filters, and fountain heads. Adapters are included. Energy efficient and UL listed with 3 year limited warranty. read more

Tetra Pond
$65.53 $61.99

Tetra Pond Water Garden Pump 1000 GPH is designed for ponds 500 1000 gallons. This is a magnetic drive water garden pump that can ...power waterfalls, filters, and fountain heads. Adapters are included. Energy efficient and UL listed with 3 year limited warranty. 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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Penn-Plax
$3.05

Efficient bottom filter system Great for desktop aquariums and fish bowls 1/2 inch uplift tube Chemical and mechanical filtration

Tetra
$27.39

Tetra 1 gallon Hexagon shaped aquarium with auto color changing LED Bubbler. This kit features an LED bubbler that changes color f...rom red to green to blue and every color in between. The bubbling LED feature creates an ever changing look to your new... read more

National Geographic
$34.99

Our National Geographic Large Coral Bubbler, along with other National Geographic plants, substrate and a 3D background, helps bri...ng your aquatic scene to life. With easy setup, it creates the perfect environment for your pet. Only at PetSmart. Features: Décor plays a remarkable role in your pet's environment by providing shelter and a relaxing hideout Includes: 1 - Large Coral Bubbler Ornament Intended For: Aquarium Décor Water Type: Fresh Water Color: Multicolor Size: Large Dimensions: 6.30"L x 11.22"W x 6.30"H Cleaning Instructions: Rinse with warm water before placing in the aquarium. Do not use detergents, as they may harm your pet. Color: Multi-color. read more

Top Fin
$34.99

A long lost treasure form the deep is now yours to enjoy as aquarium decor with this Top Fin Pottery Bubbler Aquarium Ornament. Th...is ornament of two broken jars is covered in colorful coral, barnacles and other creatures of the sea. An airstone hook-up creates a cascade of bubbles rising from inside the jars for a striking effect, while also providing healthful aeration for your aquarium. Only at PetSmart. Features: Airstone hook-up creates air bubbles that look great while providing aeration Includes: 1 Ornament Intended For: Aquariums Material: Polyresin Size: 8.07 in L x 12.01 in W x 0.06 in H Caution: Rinse in warm water before placing into your aquarium. Never use soap or detergent on any items placed on your aquarium, as they may harm your fish. Size: Large. Color: Brown. 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
$129.95 $87.68

Pond capacity sizes availableNon-toxic liner with pump fountainheads and faux floraInstalls with a few basic toolsPump moves water... at 200-gallons per hourBright LEDs display a white light in a floating plastic sphereLight powered by solar panels with automatic shut-offFaux lilies add a finished lookFountainheads add a finished soothing appearance. Having your own backyard koi pond is so much easier than you could have imagined because all you need is a bit of space a shovel and the Koolatron Liner Pond Kit with Solar Light. This complete set includes a liner pump solar light and fountain attachments. Start marking off a spot and get started. The non-toxic plastic liner drops directly into the ground and a 200-gallons-per-hour pump moves the water while your particular arrangement of the telescoping extender water diverter and fountainheads let you create the fountain that best fits your taste. Faux lilies give it a finished style and the floating solar light adds a whole new dimension of illumination. Inside its shatter-proof sphere you get long-lasting white LED light. The solar light is powered by solar cells and features a built-in sensor that turns the lights on at dusk and off at sunrise. read more

Koolatron
$87.73 $87.68

The popularity of backyard ponds continues to grow at a vigorous pace. This Ultimate Kit includes everything you need to not only ...construct a beautiful water garden, but to beautify it with lighting. read more

Koolatron
$189.95 $132.41

Pond capacity sizes availableNon-toxic liner with pump fountainheads and faux floraInstalls with a few basic toolsPump moves water... at 200-gallons per hourBright LEDs display a white light in a floating plastic sphereLight powered by solar panels with automatic shut-offFaux lilies add a finished lookFountainheads add a finished soothing appearance. Having your own backyard koi pond is so much easier than you could have imagined because all you need is a bit of space a shovel and the Koolatron Liner Pond Kit with Solar Light. This complete set includes a liner pump solar light and fountain attachments. Start marking off a spot and get started. The non-toxic plastic liner drops directly into the ground and a 200-gallons-per-hour pump moves the water while your particular arrangement of the telescoping extender water diverter and fountainheads let you create the fountain that best fits your taste. Faux lilies give it a finished style and the floating solar light adds a whole new dimension of illumination. Inside its shatter-proof sphere you get long-lasting white LED light. The solar light is powered by solar cells and features a built-in sensor that turns the lights on at dusk and off at sunrise. read more

Algreen
$70.99 $48.48

Made of PVC. Ideal for ponds or water gardens. Holds up to 300 gallons. UV resistant. Black coloring. Dimensions: 96L x 120W in.. ...Protect the bottom of your outdoor pond of water garden with the Algreen Pond and Water Gardening Liner 8 x 10 ft.. This ultra-strong liner is made of durable and tough PVC with a UV-resistant treatment so it won’t fade or rip. The large size is ideal for ponds with capacities up to 300 gallons. 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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Tetra Pond
$99.52

Tetra Pond Water Garden Pump 1900 GPH is designed for ponds 1000 to 1500 gallons. This is a magnetic drive water garden pump that ...can power waterfalls, filters, and fountain heads. Adapters are included. Energy efficient and UL listed with 3 year limited warranty. read more

Tetra Pond
$65.53 $61.99

Tetra Pond Water Garden Pump 1000 GPH is designed for ponds 500 1000 gallons. This is a magnetic drive water garden pump that can ...power waterfalls, filters, and fountain heads. Adapters are included. Energy efficient and UL listed with 3 year limited warranty. read more

Tetra Pond
$46.01 $46.00

Tetra Pond Water Garden Pump 550 GPH is designed for ponds 50 to 500 gallons. This is a magnetic drive water garden pump that can ...power waterfalls, filters, and fountain heads. Adapters are included. Energy efficient and UL listed with 3 year limited warranty. read more

Tetra Pond
$42.88 $24.55

Tetra Pond Water Garden Pump 325 GPH is designed for ponds 50 to 250 gallons. This is a magnetic drive water garden pump that can ...power waterfalls, filters, and fountain heads. Adapters are included. Energy efficient and UL listed with 3 year limited warranty. 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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Safavieh
$437.26 $349.81

Evocative of a waterscape, the green and taupe Water Garden rug from Isaac Mizrahi New York Collection Rugs is hand-hooked of visc...ose and cotton with a loop-pile background and contrasting cut-pile stylized flower petals for plush depth and dimension.... read more

Safavieh
$106.49 $79.87

Evocative of a waterscape, the blue and grey Water Garden rug from Isaac Mizrahi New York Collection Rugs is hand-hooked of viscos...e and cotton with a loop-pile background and contrasting cut-pile stylized flower petals for plush depth and dimension.... read more

Safavieh
$98.43 $73.82

Evocative of a waterscape, the green and taupe Water Garden rug from Isaac Mizrahi New York Collection Rugs is hand-hooked of visc...ose and cotton with a loop-pile background and contrasting cut-pile stylized flower petals for plush depth and dimension.... read more

BluWorld
$790.00 $395.00

BluWorld48" Ancient Stone Frame and Bronze Mirror. Bring the outdoors into any interior space with the lovely Watergarden water fe...ature. Made of a durable fiber composite material, this water feature will introduce the peaceful sound of falling water... read more

BluWorld
$1,190.00 $595.00

BluWorld72" Ancient Stone Frame and Bronze Mirror. Bring the outdoors into any interior space with the lovely Watergarden water fe...ature. Made of a durable fiber composite material, this water feature will introduce the peaceful sound of falling water... read more

Bluworld
$493.99 $395.00

The BluWorld 48 in. Water Garden Indoor/Outdoor Floor Fountain possesses features inspired by ancient European architecture, but w...ith the long-lasting dependability of modern engineering. This beautiful floor fountain is made from durable, molded... read more

AGPtek
$28.99 $27.99

Description: Super bright outdoor LED lights. Can be used in the garden, around the pond or submerged underwater. The long cable a...llows you to set it where you want. The unit has an adjustable bracket allowing you to tilt the light at different angles.... read more

Atlantic Water Gardens
$84.99 $79.99

FUO1044 Features Product Type: Master controller/ transformer Number of Items Included: 2 Pieces Included: Includes transformer an...d 5-way splitter Country of Manufacture: United States Generic Specifications Epoxy encapsulated outdoor 80 watt... read more

AGPtek
$19.99 $18.99

Description: 1.Super bright outdoor LED lights. Can be used in the garden, around the pond or submerged underwater. The light can ...be used underwater or in your garden. 2.The long cable allows you to set it where you want. 3.The unit has an adjustable... read more

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