It’s easy to love full-sized ponds and water features—but not the time and money they require. This simple, affordable miniature offers a captivating alternative.
- Big pot for entire garden
- Smaller pond pot with no drainage hole
- Medium-sized plastic plant pots, 2 to 4
- Plants of your choice
- Small pebbles
- Landscape cloth, 12 inches by 12 inches
- Potting soil
TOOLS AND SUPPLIES
- Gloves (optional)
- Pitcher of water
1. Choose the best place for the pond beforehand; off-center is always more interesting. Figure out the level of the pond in the bigger pot by stacking a couple of plastic plant pots upside down in the bottom of the garden container. The number of plastic pots you’ll need will depend on the depth of your big pot. Place your pond pot on top of the stack. This precarious platform will eventually be surrounded by soil on all sides to keep it safely upright. The level of the pond pot should be about 1 inch higher than the edge of the big pot—so you can visually sit down on the pond’s edge. Play around with the stack of pots—add, take away, or cut off whatever you need to get the pond pot to the right height.
3. Place taller trees in the back and tier down with shorter plants, finishing off with the lowest plants as you work toward the pond area.
5. Line the bottom of the patio area with landscape cloth, which will keep the pebbles clean longer. In this project, because there are minimal garden edges, the liner acts as the border between the soil and pebbles, so no border edging is needed. Pour small pebbles into the patio an inch below the pond’s edge. Tamp down with a flat hand so that the patio surface is level with the garden bed surrounding the rest of the pond pot. Nestle any stepping-stones into the pebbles.
Text from Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World by Janit Calvo
Photography by Kate Baldwin
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