A pond helps to attract wildlife to you garden and some, like frogs and toads, will help keep you beds and borders free of pests such as slugs. They are also a lot less hassle than most people think and in fact only need occasional maintenance to help them flourish.
No matter how big your garden is, there will be space for a pond or water feature even if it’s only a metre wide; ponds don’t need to be big to make an impression and can be attractive even when small. All you have to consider is the size of the pond plants you are going to use. For a large pond use standard water lilies which can reach of over 1m across or if you only have a small pond, dwarf water lilies are your best option, some are as small as 30cm wide.
When choosing your pond plants it’s important to note which planting zone they are suited to:
Zone 1 (Bog Plants): Plant out of water but in moist, boggy soils.
Zone 2 (Marginal pond plants): plant in water up to 10cm deep.
Zone 3 (Shallow Water Plants): Plant in water up to 60cm deep.
Zone 4(Deep Water Plants): Plant in water up to 1.5m deep
Zone 5 (Floating Plants): Plants that float on the water surface