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Container Water Gardens


Water gardens have universal appeal. The sight and sound of the water is so tranquil and soothing.

Those with limited space in the landscape can enjoy a container water garden. They require very little space, and bring so much enjoyment. Apartment gardeners can have water gardens on decks or balconies.

Choose the best possible site for your water garden. Look for a partly sunny spot. It should get at least four hours of sun each day. Full sun generally isnít suitable. Neither is full shade.

Choosing the container is the next step. This can be confusing. So many kinds are available. The style should match that of the surroundings. A whiskey barrel is ideal for informal gardens, but in some situations it would look out of place.

Plants can be the focal point for water gardens. Yet tabletop fountains and miniature container waterfalls donít need plants. The gentle movement of the water from these mini gardens is very desirable.

Most water gardening catalogs will have a number of dwarf water plants. Lilypons offers several varieties of miniature lotus plants. Use both flowering plants like the lotus and attractive foliage plants.

Dwarf papyrus ( Cyperus isocladus) is especially suited to container water gardens. Hardy to about 25 degrees Fahrenheit, it only grows to about a foot tall. This graceful plant has delicate leaves and wispy flower heads. Papyrus was a very important plant in ancient Egypt. It had many uses.

Avoid using invasive plants in container gardens. These usually spread by runners, and can easily overcrowd the other plants.

In creating container water gardens, there are two approaches. One is to buy a complete kit. For example, whiskey barrel fountain kits are available. Do-it-yourself types would rather create their own container water garden from beginning to end.

Enjoy the many pleasures of water gardening with container water gardens and miniature tabletop fountains on your deck or patio.
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