I just can’t explain how delighted we are with this pond and waterfall that we recently built. Back during the winter when I was dreaming about sprucing up this area in front of our vegetable garden, it never entered my mind that we could create something like this! But thanks to the wonderful folks at Smartpond who contacted us and provided us with the supplies, we were able to create this dream water feature for our flower garden.
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We started working on the waterfall during March, but we took our time constructing it. You see, we had several other large projects that we were working on such as building our Freestanding Deck in Our Garden. Along with making some changes, we were trying to plant our vegetables. At the same time, both Leo and I were involved in putting together a big golf tournament and reception. Some days it was just too cold and rainy during March to get much done, so we spent a little time researching how to build a water feature.
We actually got it constructed and the water running during April, and we have been enjoying it ever since. If you missed our previous posts, you can click on any of these links for the step-by-step process that we used.
The sound of the waterfall is the most relaxing sound in the world! We feel like we’re in the mountains when we sit beside it. My mother, who is 92 and lives in a little cottage in our yard, sits beside it early in the morning and meditates.
To select the plants, I took a photograph of the waterfall to my favorite local garden center Taylor Garden and Gift Shop. They helped me select some low maintenance plants. The liriope and the “ditch” lilies were already established in this area, but we added a mix of grasses, perennials, and annuals. I am in love with the fiber optic grass. The ends of the stems have little white flowers that give the effect of little lights at the end of the foliage. The blanket flower will bloom all spring to fall, the spreading yew is an evergreen that adds a lot of interest, the pentas are butterfly magnets, and the muhly grass will turn into a billowy mass of pink in the fall. It’s very similar to sweetgrass from the Lowcountry.
Leo created a little pathway to the back of the waterfall with some stepping stones that were previously in our vegetable garden. But we probably won’t need to get back there too much since everything is running on a timer.
Thanks to the generosity of Smartpond, we are having a giveaway! Smartpond is offering to help one of our lucky readers with the basic equipment needed to create your own pond-from the liner to the pump, filtration, nozzles, and decorative sprays. (Products will be comparable to the ones we used for a pond this size or smaller, not including the stones and landscaping, of course!)
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