Decorative Ponds

Decorative Ponds

A pond can the main focal point of any garden, creating an aura of tranquillity or wonder.

Whatever your budget, there are variety of ways to create a beautiful pond. So whether you have a tiny pond or a veritable lake, you can craft a gorgeous, unique feature. It doesn’t have to be expensive either, as sometimes upcycling items can add the most original touch.

You can create your very own oasis, so take a look at our 5 helpful tips for more advice…


  1. First of all, the shape and size of your pond is key. Feel free to have an irregular shape or design. A natural pool would not have a uniform shape so if that’s what you are aspiring to, then an uneven line will create the most authentic look. Look at garden design blogs or magazines for inspiration. If you’re lucky enough to have a big garden, a stream leading to a larger pool can look beautiful. Remember to install a pump and filter to keep the pond looking its best and remove any debris. Swell UK have an affordable, professional range that will suit any pocket.


  1. So when (or if) you have your pond in place, think about the border. Upcycling slabs, rocks and even old railway sleepers will create an unusual and unique look and is kind to the planet too. If you want to be really creative, think about recycling house hold objects or old tiles to create a pretty and different border. Creating a raised border adds a different feel to a pond. This can be a good idea if you have inquisitive young children, who of course must be supervised at all times. A safety mesh, securely fitted, is ideal and recommended in every family pond.


  1. A water feature is a great way to add décor to your pond. There are hundreds to choose from, to suit all tastes from traditional to modern. Remember you will need a pump to process the water to the feature. A good retailer such as Swell UK will have a range of pumps and water features to make the very best of your garden. Again, you can recycle old items to make a unique feature, such as old water pumps. A visit to a scrap yard can offer up all kinds of ideas.


  1. A bridge or other structure can add detail. They can be bought ready-made or, if you’re feeling brave, you could design and build your own. If you want an arched bridge, it’s probably best to ask a joiner to make sure the arch is correctly built. A raised decking area over a pond looks fantastic and is a really luxurious touch.


  1. A cheaper and easier way to add decorative interest to your pond is to add some plants. Using varying sizes and textures will create the most professional, yet natural look. Do some research into the types of plants that will grow well in your environment, and plant accordingly. This will mean your plants flourish and less maintenance for you. Plants also attract wildlife, which adds to the ambience of your pond.


There are few rules when it comes to pond decoration, as long as you use the right equipment and fit it properly, then you can be as creative as you like. Take some time to research materials, plants and ideas to make the very best of your outside space.

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