Pond Edging Ideas
It’s easy to focus on the water of a water feature. But it’s the stuff that goes around the water that makes a pond or waterfall special.
Some folks figure they can throw some rocks around a pond and call it good. But at Good Earth Water Gardens, we know that an aesthetically pleasing water feature is all about the details. That’s why we carefully consider the terrain and the homeowners’ goals and tastes.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your pond, then take a look at some of the best pond edging ideas below which are currently available on the market. By using these products around your yard or home, you’ll be able to enjoy your impressive creation for years to come.
How To Use Stones To Accent Your Pond
Gravel is a simple way to edge a water feature. Just cut an angle into the top three inches of the pond perimeter and fill with gravel. It can create an almost beach-like setting that welcomes people and pets.
Flagstone stacking stones are an extremely popular choice when it comes to creating a natural edged environment in your garden or backyard. They have various benefits over other types of edging materials including being made from natural stone meaning they blend seamlessly into any surrounding and adding lots of character to the area you place them in. Furthermore, because they’re not made from plastic or other man-made materials, there’s no risk of them leaching toxins into the soil or causing any long term damage.
Flagstones are extremely easy to place around your pond as you can stack them up and simply use their own weight to hold each one in place. They’re very low maintenance and will only need a quick sweep over every now and again. Although prices do vary depending on which flagstone you choose, if purchased locally they come at a very affordable price so well worth the investment for such a great result.
For best results, you’ll want to include some boulders in there, too. Rocks of different sizes create a natural-looking environment that seems like it’s been there forever. Plus, boulders help you easily define edges while providing appealing nooks and crannies for plants.
Can I Incorporate My Pond Into My Deck?
There’s no reason why your home’s formal living space can’t embrace your water feature. Many homeowners take their patios, decks, and even porches right to the edge of their ponds.
When you’re designing your water feature, remember that it doesn’t have to live in a far corner of the yard. Plan how you want to interact with this bit of heaven. A carefully considered layout can ensure you and your guests make the most of your pond.
Will Plants Make a Good Natural Pond Border?
Using plants around your backyard pond can be a very good idea. It can provide an eye-catching focal point and natural decoration for your water garden, but it’s also important to make sure that you have a suitable choice of plants.
The days of a few grasses and reeds counting as lush pond landscaping are over! There are so many gorgeous plants that can accessorize your water feature. We’re fans of mixing annuals and perennials for a natural look that you can change up each year.
What Plants Work Well With Ponds?
Water lilies such as the hardy and colorful tropical “water lily” (Nymphaea spp.) or hardy and exotic blue Egyptian lotus (Nelumbo nucifera). These plants float on top of the surface of the water. Flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) is an excellent marginal plant with spiky, deep green leaves and flower spikes rising up to 3 feet above the foliage during mid-summer. Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea ‘variegata’) is an outstanding, clump-forming, reed-like plant with variegated green and yellow foliage.
Make Use of Unusual Rocks For Your Pond
These are flat rocks that appear to be floating above the water’s surface. They do more than look cool – they also create interactive spots where kids can play, folks can step across a stream, or anyone can sit and enjoy the natural beauty of the water feature.
One thing you’ll notice in all of these photos is VARIETY. No matter how you decide to edge your water feature, use multiple materials to create a landscape that is natural and visually interesting.
Need a hand in creating your ideal waterscape? Good Earth Water Gardens can help. Whether you’re starting from scratch or want to improve an existing water feature, call us at 913-479-8090 or connect online. We’ve got edging, water, and a healthy ecosystem covered.