Garden Pond Design

Finding the Right Proportion For Your Landscape

Garden Pond Design - Finding the right proportion for your landscape

Proportion is a key element in any garden pond design. When coming up with your water garden plan, it is important to give some thought to the size on your water garden feature and how it relates to the rest of your yard.

Take note of the immediate and surrounding landscape. Both will be a factor in the overall composition of your water garden design. Are there trees or structures nearby?

As you visualize your new pond amidst your landscape, try to imagine it at various sizes and shapes. You want your pond to be seen, but not to overwhelm the view.

Changing the size, shape or orientation of your pond can pull a viewer in, direct a viewer's attention and even distract from an unpleasant view.

Small Water Features

The same considerations should be given to proportion when adding a smaller water feature like a fountain or container pond. A fountain placed in the center of an expansive yard should be much larger than one situated in a small courtyard.

Garden Pond Design - Proportion

Fish and Features

If you want to have fish or features, like bridges or waterfalls, you need plan your water garden with that in mind. It is recommended that you have no more than 2-3 inches of fish length per square foot of pond surface. Fish also need your pond to be at least 24 inches in depth (deeper in colder climates).

If incorporating a bride into your pond you need to plan for the length of the bridge and make you pond with a narrow area where the bridge will be placed. Water gardens with bridges are frequently in a kidney shape.

Design With Yourself In Mind

As with any design principles, the most important factor is to please yourself. It is important to understand proportion so that you may make an informed decision on the scale of your pond, but the whole point is to make a water garden that you will enjoy for years to come.

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