Enhance Your Miniature Garden Landscape with a Mini Pond
A mini pond adds a decorative touch to the landscape of your miniature garden. Building a mini pond is an easy and effective way to use space and to enhance the garden.
Let your imagination flow, be creative with your ideas to give your mini pond a natural and beautiful look. Consider the following steps:
Location of the pond — make it the centerpiece in your miniature garden
When selecting a location, consider the reach of light. The mini pond should be placed in an area where it can get four to six hours of sunshine every day. This will keep the pond healthy. In addition, avoid placing the pond in a location where the runoff from rain is likely to go into the pond, which might wash the debris in it and damage the aquatic plants.
Don’t keep the mini pond obscure. Instead, place it at the center of your miniature garden so that every one can behold the beauty.
Gather the required materials and construct the pond
The materials you need are plants of your choice, mini pebbles, mini rocks, potting soil, mini shrubs, pitcher of water, accessories, gloves, etc. You can have various themes for your mini pond. For example, a ‘Frog Pond’, ‘Fairy Pond’, ‘Tiny Pond with Turtle’ or ‘Mini Koi Lily Pad Pond’.
Add miniature floating plants and stones
Choose a combination of aquatics, oxygenating and floating plants to keep the pond’s water clear. Add a few decorative stones like beach glass pebbles that are usually blue; use salt and pepper pebbles as a decorative ground cover. Alternatively, you can even use raindrops (these are resin crystals that are light blue) to create an impressive effect of sparkling water in the mini pond.
Select the plants suited for the shoreline
When selecting miniature plants for the shoreline, make sure to review the characteristics of the trees, shrubs and ground covers. This is because many plants are sensitive to poorly drained soil conditions. You can opt for Thymus pseudolanuginosus (forms a dense ground-covering mat of tiny, densely hairy leaves), Ulmus minor, Jacqueline Hillier Elm (this Japanese Elm has tiny leaves that cover tiny twigs), Santolina virens, Lemon Fizz Lavender Cotton (compact, rounded habit — perfect for edging the shoreline of the mini pond), Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides, Crystal Confetti Variegated Pennywort (a dense carpet of scalloped, 1-inch, jade-green leaves with frilled variegated edges). In addition, you might choose other plants that suit the shoreline.
Gather aquatic animals around or in your mini pond
Having built the mini pond in your miniature garden, you can add some miniature aquatic animals around or in the mini pond to give it a refreshing look. Consider aquatic animals like frog, fish, loon, lobster, antennae, crab, coral, seahorse, sponges, sea turtles, etc. Choosing a few of these will give the mini pond a more real look.
Decorate your pond with miniature fairies and furniture
Miniature fairies and furniture could render the mini pond more enchanting. Decorate your mini pond with miniature benches, miniature beds, miniature tables, miniature chairs, fairy figurines and gnomes. Creating a mini pond with miniature fairies and furniture will make your miniature garden even more beautiful.
A perfect location that can attract viewers’ attention, the right plants and animals, decorative accessories, maintaining the pond at regular intervals and working with a great deal of patience — all combined ensures a lively mini pond that enhances your miniature garden’s landscape.
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