Enter the container water garden!
This container water garden at a hotel gave me the idea that I could have a water feature, without digging.
Despite the hours I spent researching how to create a container water garden, it is very simple to establish. All you need is
- a water-tight container 18" or more deep
- water plants (preferably native)
A water lily in my water garden (second garden year).
Keep your plants in their nursery pots and submerge them in the water. Use bricks, upturned pots and whatnot to situate your plants at the right depth. Some plants just want their toes wet while others like to be a foot or more under water. Still others - like water lettuce - float on the surface without any need for a pot.
I am on my fourth year with several plants in their original nursery pots. I suppose you could pot them up but I have not had the need yet.
My first water garden was 18 inches high - a small galvanized tub stuffed with a couple of big box store water plants (before I knew that those plants may have been pre-treated with bee-killing pesticides).
I have since traded up for a 3 foot deep stock tank. It is not ideal for wildlife due to the steep sides but sticks stuffed into the tank offer amphibians an escape route, birds a perch when they pause for a drink and dragonflies a place to bask in the sun.
Water gardens are not the most attractive during the winter - even here in California. Most water plants are winter dormant. Come spring, though, the plants from back to life. Pollinators rest on the water clover and drink, without fear of drowning. They cling to horse tails and sway in the breeze.
Maintenance is a cinch. You do not need to water because, duh!, the plants are already in water. Add water periodically to your garden to maintain the water level and, that is pretty much it.
Container gardens add depth, interest, microclimates and wildlife value to even the smallest yard or balcony. Now knowing how easy they are to establish and maintain, I wonder why everyone doesn't have one!
This post is part of the Tuesday Garden Party and the Homestead Barn Hop.