About ShowMe    Contact ShowMe    My ShowMe Dashboard    Business Directory    Category Sitemap

South Africa

Your world in one place

Just add water

Text: Lynne Yates and Loren Shirley-Carr. Photographs: Loren Shirley-Carr. Container planted by Ina Pauw.

Source: This article is from the November 2011 Garden and Home.

Bring instant sparkle to a dull area of your patio or balcony with a portable water garden that you can create yourself in an afternoon.

Bring instant sparkle to a dull area of your patio or balcony with a portable water garden that you can create yourself in an afternoonThe presence of water enhances any garden. A pond in a pot is a simple, inexpensive way to bring this essential element into your outdoor space — whether large or small, shady or sunny. And best of all, it is portable and ideal for patios and courtyards.

You will need a suitable container which is large enough to hold your plants. We used a zinc bath for a contemporary, eco-look. You can use any suitable receptacle in your garden, but avoid porous terracotta as the water will leach out – rather choose glazed terracotta. Choose a pot with no drainage holes, but if your heart is set on a pot that has them, then seal them well with epoxy putty.

Most water plants can be used – make sure the size fits the scale of the pot. We chose arums (Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘White Giant’) for their lush foliage and characteristic white blooms, Acorus gramineus ‘Golden Edge’ for a touch of gold and Amazon sword (Echinodorus bleheri). Summer-flowering water lilies, such as Nymphaea nouchali, or the spring-flowering waterblommetjie (Aponogeton distachyos) are attractive options as they have floating leaves and scented flowers.

Most water plants can be grown in sun to semi-shade. Marginal plants, such as arums and acorus, prefer shallower water, so raise them on pavers or bricks, while water lilies prefer deeper water.

Once planted and filled, your container of water plants should require little care as it will create its own self-sustaining micro-environment – simply remove fallen leaves and algae and fill it up with fresh water when necessary.

What you’ll need
  • A large container with no drainage holes
  • Pebbles
  • Water plants
  • Aquatic baskets
  • Pavers or bricks
  • Water
How to do it

Step 1 Once you have selected=Step 1:

Once you have selected your container, place a layer of pebbles on the bottom. This will help to keep down any soil that settles at the bottom.

Step 2:

Transfer your chosen plants into aquatic baskets.

Step 3:

Position your plants in the container, ensuring that the marginal species are raised on pavers or bricks.

Step 3: Position your plants in the container, ensuring that the marginal species are raised on pavers or bricks.   Step 4: Cover the soil surrounding each plant with a layer of pebbles to keep the soil settled. Step 5: Fill the container with water.Step 4:

Cover the soil surrounding each plant with a layer of pebbles to keep the soil settled.

Step 5:

Fill the container with water.

Water Lovers:
  • Arums (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
  • Water lilies (Nymphaea nouchali)
  • Waterblommetjies (Aponogeton distachyos)
  • Small yellow water lilies (Nymphoides thunbergiana)
  • Lotus (Nelumbo spp.)
  • Acorus gramineus (Dwarf papyrus (Cyperus prolifer)
  • Common rush (Juncus effusus)

Source:

Container and plants available from Garden World 011 957 2046.

 

Pinterest IconFacebook IconGoogle Plus IconTwitter Icon

Share

I Love ShowMe
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
WhatsApp
Telegram
Pinterest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.