Want to instantly inject some visual interest and life into your outdoor space? Consider installing a new backyard pond. If your garden features a more traditional, formal design, you’ll want your new pond to reflect that. The choice of pond shape will also be dictated by the current or planned shapes and features that you have in your garden, especially all areas of hardscape. Here are three design ideas for a traditional backyard pond.
1. Rectangular Ponds
A rectangular pond is ideal for a formal setting where the existing lawn, hedging or hardscape has already created the perfect rectangularly-shaped area for a pond. Once a pond is installed, the mirrorlike surface reflections will add further dimension to any outdoor space by reflecting the sky, as well as the plants of your garden. To keep the plants healthy, make sure you have developed a system for aquatic weed control.
2. Octagonal Ponds
Octagonal ponds can provide a dynamic focal point for any outdoor space, and it’s especially visually effective to place a pond of this shape in the center of a patio, surrounded by a stone path. When a pond can be viewed from any angle, symmetry in your plantings is of utmost importance, as is the choice of material you use to create the water feature.
3. Raised Ponds
Raised ponds are a common feature of formal gardens. A raised pond is built up off the ground, rather than being dug into the ground. This brings the water closer to eye level, which can be a stunning effect. If you have a site that’s already covered with a hardscape surface like a patio or terrace, a raised pond is an ideal solution since you won’t have to dig through the hard surface.
Give your garden a note of sophistication by installing a fresh feature such as a pond. You’ll turn any outdoor space into a private oasis brimming with beauty and life.