Big Dreams Small Spaces - container ponds

Big Dreams Small Spaces - container ponds

Big Dreams Small Spaces BBC2  showed a selection of container ponds.

3 of our images were featured in Big Dreams Small Spaces Episode 2 and the video snippet is shown here.

Sunny position container pond:

The first mini pond shown is our 80cm fibreglass granite finish container pond - planted up with a selection of pond plants for a sunny position aimed at bringing wildlife into the garden.

All the emergent pond plants were placed in the Support Ring so they did not fall over and had the correct depth of water over the top of the basket.

The Iris versicolor and Primula florindae attract airbourne wildlife insect pollinators to the container pond in a pot and there was actually a bee on the Mentha cervina when it was photographed on this image shoot!

Can't beat that to make a point!

Shaded position container pond:

The container pond planted for a shaded situation was the 60cm Weeping Red featuring pond plants supported in a Plant Support Ring to hold them at the correct depth. In a shaded position the strong colour of the Weeping Red pond makes a focal point all year round.

Shade loving plants tend to be green, structural and architectural in shape with seed heads rather than colourful flowers - Cyperus involucratus, Juncus ensifolius, Isolepis cernua,and Equisetum scirpoides.

The exception is the Anemopsis californica which is good at flowering in a more shaded situation.

Recycled container pond:

The third of our images used in Big Dreams Small Spaces was of an old tin bath dressed with miniature pink waterlilies - Nymphaea Pygmaea Rubra that love the depth of this container at 12 inches deep. They are flowering really well in the sunshine.

Remember to add a submerged oxygenating plant, too, so that the water will stay clear and healthy. We would use 10ml of the liquid concentrate Extract of barleystraw weekly in this container so that green water algae was inhibited.

Just shows that any container that holds water can be used to create a container pond for the garden and add water to the smallest of garden spaces.

For more info on planting a container pond see our Tips and Advice pages

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