For a calming, meditative spot to relax and enjoy some quiet time, it’s hard to beat the pleasures of backyard ponds. It can be a simple bit of water, some water plants and perhaps a fountain, or you can create an elaborate water garden.
Take a look at some of the backyard ponds — large and small — we thought really hit the spot. Plus, we’ll show you how to build your own backyard pond.
Spotted on This Old House, this pond-on-deck was easily the most rad and entertaining of all the backyard ponds we encountered. Using rigid plastic tubs set in sandboxes beneath the deck, these homeowners have created an inspiring feature that brings their outdoor living space right up to the water’s edge.
You might have heard of container gardens? How about container ponds? Even if you live in an apartment or condo that doesn’t have a big yard, you can still spend time gazing into the watery depths of your own private pond. Add a small submersible pond pump for a gentle burbling nature soundtrack that will also keep the waters of pond flowing fresh. We found this and many other inspiring ideas for creating container ponds on Digging.
Now that you’re all excited about bring an element of peace and tranquility to your backyard, here’s a short instructive video to show you how easy it is to install a pond using a preformed pond liner. You’ll also find a complete guide to building backyard ponds using preformed liners on our How-To Community Forums.
And you’ll need some water plants for your pond! We can help with that, too. Check out a very helpful post about planting and caring for water plants in a garden pond on our online Forums.