Choosing the right type of pond for
your own needs is the important first step. If you have
a patio, your pond could be the focal point or it could
be the centre feature of your landscaped lawn. It could
also brighten a gloomy or neglected corner of your garden.
If you are interested in natural
wetlands you could create an almost totally natural
pond, rich in native plants and a haven for all types
of aquatic life. But remember such a pond would have
a natural appearance and typically is not suited for
ornamental fish because of the lack of proper filtration
and it's vulnerability to predators such as herons.
Another area of importance will be
to decide whether you wish to keep beautiful plants
and common ornamental fish in your pond or whether you
are considering the possibility of a beautiful Koi pond.
Because the site and construction for both ponds are
very different you will be much more successful with
your pond if you commit to a type of pond before you
The shape of your pond takes on two
different styles. An informal pond has no straight edges
and no symmetrical shape and may be designed to blend
in with the contours of your garden landscape. Alternatively,
a formal pond does have a regular shape and can be raised
above the ground using brickwork to draw the eye to
Both types of pond are ideal for
keeping aquatic plants and pond fish. A waterfall and
a fountain or other moving water feature would usually
compliment such pools.