DIY ~ Create Your Own Water Garden In A Container!

Did you know a pond isn't necessary for water gardening? You can do it in just about any container that is up to two feet deep! A container water garden is perfect for apartment balconies, patios, decks or as accents in the garden. Easy to set up and versatile, anybody can do this! Read all the details you'll need to get started at
Water Lettuce
My galvanized tub water garden!
Lotus Flower Bud
Fill the pot, add the plants and you have an instant water garden!

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Barb Rosen

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  • Julia Hall Stanger
    on Jun 28, 2017

    Thought the water hyacinth or water lily is banned as an invasive species. Has cover an area in Lake Ochachobee and covers our own lake too. Prevents oxygen from getting into lake to support water borne species, like fish and plants. Originally brought over here as a Japonese water garden plant
    • P
      on Jul 27, 2020

      They are highly invasive in Louisiana - they were brought in at the Japanese exhibit in the 1884 Cotton Centennial in what is now Audubon Park in New Orleans, LA.

  • Leh28906909
    on Sep 9, 2017

    Is it possible to have an indoor water garden? If so, what plants would work and how do you care for it?
    • Barb Rosen
      on Sep 10, 2017

      Yes, of course, Lehab! You would use the same tropical plants that have to be brought inside to overwinter. Do make sure you have a spot with enough light and warmth as these plants do not thrive if they get cold or it is too dark. Your local nursery or garden center should be able to help you select tropical water plants that will do well and suit your taste!
  • Debi Stahl
    on Jul 21, 2019

    It’s a beautiful project! My only concern is, you always hear that you should not Jane any standing water anywhere outdoors because it creates a great place for mosquitos. What do you think? Thank you

    • P
      on Jul 27, 2020

      there are very reasonably priced solar powered fountain pumps now - $29 - $50 bucks - that might fit & by keeping water moving prevents mosquitoes from hatching

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  • Barb Rosen
    on May 17, 2020

    It's true that they are specialty plants, Victoria. Several of our privately owned garden centers have a pond section where they have a display or two and some plants. Call around or ask on Nextdoor or Facebook Market Place - someone in your area might be able to help or share from their own pond!

  • P
    on Jul 27, 2020

    ebay has live plants for sale -including aquatic ones

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