Our planted 60 cm container pond in textured Verdigris look fibreglass finish appears in the May edition of Gardeners World Magazine in an article entitled Potted ponds.
We provided the fibreglass container pond and plants for the main photo and the step by step section but we were not at the photoshoot itself.
What a delight when we first saw the results in the magazine.
The Verdigris coloured bowl set beautifully against an ice blue background on a textured flooring area. Toned to perfection.
It made us want to reach in and touch the ripples on that verdigris bowl!
The 60cm container pond was planted for a shady site in a very minimalist style using just 3 visible plant types (together with a submerged oxygenating plant Myriophyllum spicatum ). The tallest at the back – Cyperus involucratus, next Juncus ensifolius with dark brown/black seedheads and in front, the black and green barred Equisetum scirpoides.
The sunken wildlife pond is ideal for the amphibians and pollinators in the garden. It shows what a great use can be made of an old tin bath or any other bowl that will hold water in a small corner of the garden.
We supplied a range of plants for this pond – the scrambling Veronica beccabunga that links the garden to the water and softens the hard edge of the pond as well as providing hiding places for the amphibians and their tadpoles when they are in the water.
Flowers on the Mentha cervina, in both blue and white, attract the butterflies and bees in June mixed with the fragrant Anemopsis californica at the back of the pond. And the bumble bees just love the Pontederia cordata for late Summer nectar.
A big bowl, like the terracotta coloured one, filled with just waterlilies is a great way to showcase this group of flowering water plants. Featured alone, soaking up the sun in a still container pond area. Ideal. (Oxygenating plants placed beneath the water surface)
- Whenever you set up a pond in a pot add oxygenating plants beneath the water.
- Buy Extract of Barleystraw to use 10ml weekly during the warmer months.
- If the lawn needs to be cut the container pond needs to be dosed with Extract of Barleystraw.
More advice on setting up a container pond using our support grid and planted baskets can be seen in our video in Tips and Advice.