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Choosing the right pond
A pond takes a fair bit of construction and isn’t easy to alter once it’s in place, so think before you dig.

Choose a style that matches the area in your garden that you want to put it in. For example, a formal pond looks good in a formal area, but not in a wild corner, and vice versa.

Also, think about the maintenance a pond will need. A small pond with plants and fish needs nearly as much upkeep as a flowerbed of the same size.

Finally, don’t forget safety. If you have small children, instead of a pond, maybe you should consider a bog garden or a wall fountain which have no standing water. Even shallow water isn’t free from danger.
Siting the pond
Don’t just plonk a pond where there happens to be a gap in the garden.

It needs to be sited where you’ll get the most enjoyment from it. Think of the way you and your family use the garden. Don’t park the pond right where the children want to play football!
Front of garden
When the pond is close to the house, you can see it from your windows, or when you’re sitting out on the patio.

It's a good place for a formal water garden or the family fish pond, but because of all the activity in the area it probably won’t attract much wildlife.
Back of garden
The end of the garden, where it’s quiet and secluded, is the perfect place to put a wildlife pond.

While you’re at it, why not add a rustic gazebo nearby to use as a ‘hide’ for pond-watching? It makes a great garden retreat.
4. Water garden

Pond basics
Water features
Water garden plants
Water garden planting
Bog garden plants

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