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For a lot of people gardens are the perfect places to go and relax and enjoy a great bit of sunshine. They are a gateway between the urban environment you live in and the countryside. Full of nature but also immaculately designed, the grass is cut perfectly and the beds are full of beautiful flowers. What else could your garden offer you? What could you install that would make your neighbours jealous? Well, how about a feature pond?
Feature ponds are the perfect focal point for any garden. The most important thing is to design carefully. The pond does not need to be too big that the rest of the beds and lawn disappear, but needs to have enough gravitas in the garden to draw the eye. Building a pond does not take too much effort as long as you follow some simple rules. These include sensibly locating the pond, purchasing a pond liner and also having an adequate pond pump and filter. These are all available from most reputable online pond stores such as Swell UK. Pond pumps and filters clean the water and keep it regularly circulated to prevent the pond from becoming stagnant.
Once your pond is in place you need to look at the surrounding areas. The pond needs to fit in as naturally as possible; otherwise it will look like a planted swimming pool! Creating an irregular shaped pond is probably best to get around this, and then to create steps and varying levels in and around the water. The steps within the water allow the planting of marginal plants. This provides a neat divide between the deep water and the shoreline. Great plants for this include different types of rushes; though you do need to make sure that the larger ones are at the back and the smaller ones at the front - you still want to be able to see any deep water plants such as water lilies which are typically low growing.
On the shoreline you can choose a variety of methods to integrate with the rest of your garden. For a more formal layout in the rest of the garden, some nice stones and flags around the edge can provide a distinct edge. You can then place pots onto the flags to add a burst of colour. The alternative is to plant up to the water to create the most natural feel for your pond. Some perfect plants that enjoy the damp soil around a pond are hostas and hemerocallis. Hostas are perfect leafy plants that come in a variety of sizes from mini to giant. Some decent size ones will look great next to the pond. Ferns can also be a great addition, though they will need regular digging up to prevent too much spread to the rest of the garden. For the sunnier side of the pond grasses and irises are perfect. With the many varieties available you can find most sizes, and most will bush out enough to not look like there are any gaps.
It is important to keep the pond pump and filter out of sight, and also any wires. Wires can be buried in the soil or under grass between your power source and the pond pump and filter. The filter and pump cannot be buried but you can place flags around them and over the top, or you can plant next to them. You need to make sure they are still accessible for maintenance or if there is a fault, and you need to ensure that any plants do not hinder the air and water circulation with their foliage.
Feature ponds make the perfect addition to your garden and you can theme them in any way you choose. Some popular themes are Japanese or English country garden. With the right planting a water feature can be the crowning glory in your garden and the envy of your neighbours.
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