Yesterday was such a beautiful day that I went outside and snapped a few photos of our DIY garden waterfall to give you guys an update. If you remember, Leo and I built the pond and waterfall this past spring. If you missed seeing those posts, I've included links below.
How to build a garden waterfall
Learn how we built our garden waterfall from start to finish, including tips, challenges and more.
- Planning and preparing our garden waterfall
- Building and digging our garden waterfall
- Challenges, fixes, and finishing our garden waterfall
- Featured in Country Sampler Magazine
To refresh your memory, the waterfall was added to the area in front of our vegetable garden, and it has added not only curb appeal but serves as a retreat for humans and creatures.
The bird houses on top of the arbor and on the nearby ladder have served as homes to our avian friends and a few wasps, too.
And I was happy to spot this frog on one of the stone ledges yesterday.
The penta plants that I placed on both sides of the pond grew tremendously and have been butterfly magnets all summer.
When the heat struck, there was an explosive growth of algae in the pond but treating it with algaecide every few weeks took care of it.
My sister-in-law Jean gave me a water lily and some aquatic plants, and they fared well. Their growth has slowed down though, due to some cool night temps we've had recently.
I was delighted to see the pink muhly grass blooms when I walked outside yesterday. The cooler weather has caused it to start blooming as well. In this photo, you can also see how much the yellow jesssamine vines have grown in a few short months. Next year, they should be covering the top of the arbor.
Yesterday Leo planted 2 weeping willow trees near the waterfall. We got a deal on them at the auction that we attend all the time.
I think they make a nice addition to this area.
We both agree that our DIY garden waterfall is one of our best projects yet. With cool weather on the way, I'm thinking an outdoor fire pit is in our future!
Love this! Are there current pictures of the waterfall? I drove by this house for many years when I lived in Oates and taught in Lamar. This was before you came to Lamar. I enjoy your blog.
Jane, I'm drooling over all of your pond posts. We are doing one this year!! So excited. 🙂
The waterfall area has filled in beautifully! Excellent plant choices 🙂
Liz @ Infuse With Liz
Your pond looks wonderful. The plantings have made it look so naturalized. Looks like a nice area to sit and relax. 🙂
The waterfall is beautiful!! We recently moved to the 'Lowcountry' and I would love to have a water feature. Maybe in the future. I will keep looking at yours as an incentive!!
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you've done a beautiful job with your pond area! I live near Syracuse, NY and have had a koi pond for about 10 years. My family dug it out where our above ground pool was located. If you don't use algaeside,you could add some goldfish to your pond. As long as it is 2 feet deep, they will be fine in winter. I love your site!
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So, so beautiful Jane and Leo.....the fruits of your labor of love definitely resulted in a most beautiful setting to enjoy and relax to the sound of the water...
Jane, I know you and Leo are enjoying that pond and waterfall. It's so relaxing to listen to the water. Y'all can be so proud of your hard work.
THANK YOU for sharing the update on your BEAUTIFUL project!!! Loved seeing how the plants have grown as well as the new things you've added. Your cute frog picked a great place to live! I'm surprised you don't have the local police directing traffic with people stopping to admire what you've created....I know if I drove by, I'd be one that would just have to stop and look.
I think the Willow trees will add some feathery texture to the outdoor room. Sit down and enjoy.
I saw the pictures after you had just finished the waterfall and planted some of the plants. Wow, so pretty!
We do have a nice fire pit feature and love it during this time of year and in the spring too. Lot's of s'mores with the grandkids and neighbors. We just need a water feature like yours in our backyard. Thank you for posting your lovely pictures and ideas. Have a blessed day!
So very pretty! It is full of calm and soothing, even through the pictures! The variety of plants you used around it are so pretty. A fire pit would make it the ultimate haven outside.
The outcome of your labor is beautiful. It's hard to realize that it was put together this past spring. It has
flourished and is stunning. Congratulations.
Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage
Ahhhhh just so beautiful and serene Jane. You and Leo did a great job.
Your water fall project is sure taking shape. It is good that a willow tree was added to the landscape. An "in-ground" will look good too thus, helping to keep the waterfall as the main attraction. Congrats on a job well done.
Wow love your pond and waterfall. We have one and raise koi. But your yard is huge!