Building a small artificial lake can be done with little investment and good advice. This is not a swimming lake but the proximity of the water refreshes and relaxes every person.
Modern style – plant simple and slender plants (Equisetum hyemale var. Robostum, Juncus effusus, Schoenoplectus pungens) in a concrete or metal pot of a square shape. A nice contrast to this vertical vegetation is created by the floating shoots (Salvia natans).
Romantic style-fill a round or oval glazed ceramic pot with delicate plants (Butomus umbellatus, Iris leavigata, Nymphaea Perrys Baby Red). A nice addition will be the light blue marsh brook (Myosotis palustris).
Country style-wild plants in wooden barrels will create the atmosphere of a rural idyll. Complete this style with white plants of interesting floating form (Hydrocharis morsus-rana). The contrast should be a vertical plant (Typha minima, Eriophorum angustifolium, Lythrum salicaria).
9 tips for a small artificial lake in the garden or on a larger terrace:
1. It is important to have a suitable dish – a wooden barrel or a clay pot are suitable for all fans of rustic style. Metal, plastic or concrete containers are suitable for all fans of modern style.
2. Depth for plants – place one brick or concrete pavement for each plant on the bottom of the pot. This is how you define the depth of the water.
3. Selected plants – choose dwarf plants and plants that do not grow in width. That way you won’t clutter up a small space anyway. Good choices are: Acorus gramineus, Juncus ensifolius, Veronica beccabunga. Combine these plants with plants of upright growth such as: Iris laevigata, Sagittaria and the like. So you will have interesting plant structures in the mini water garden.
4. Transfer the seedling plants to the perforated plastic containers provided for planting aquatic plants. Such vessels prevent excessive growth. Before planting, fill the pots with substrate adapted to the conditions and needs of plants for growth in water.
5. Pebbles for an attractive appearance – wash the pebbles and cover the substrate with these tools. This prevents water turbidity and substrate leaching. Pebble is an attractive detail for decoration. Water the planted plant well with water before moving it directly into the lake. Then place the plant on a brick or concrete pavement.
6. Fill the pond with water — fill the mini pond with water in a light stream from a flower bucket. After filling, wait a few hours for the water to clear and for the particles to settle.
7. Position is important — in barrels and buckets the water heats up quickly. Then algae often multiply in such water. Therefore, place the garden or balcony mini lake in a shady or at least semi-shady place.
8. Some plants cover the surface of the lake (Nympheae, Hydrocharis morsus rana). They thus reduce water heating and the appearance of algae.
9. Ornamental grasses- around a mini lake on a balcony or garden you can plant ornamental grasses and perennials.