The elegance of formal ponds, can only be enhanced if they complement
the surrounding landscape. Formal ponds suit more traditional European styled
gardens, but contemporary and modern home designs can also benefit from this
style. They may be raised or set into
the ground and can be of any size to
suit small courtyard gardens or those set into the lawns in beautiful country
ponds on patios are great features to relax beside and help to create an
The key to designing formal
They can be
circular or square or a combination of any other geometric shapes. Formal ponds
tend to be designed with clean lines and symmetry in mind. The whole strategy in designing formal ponds is to keep it elegant and simple. Understand what you are trying to achieve and
where the focus lies.
Fountains and waterfalls
waterfalls are often a feature of formal ponds
and help to create a mood of peace and tranquillity or a distraction from the
outside world. The sound of water splashing
can have a very powerful influence on how we feel. Pump sizing and water flow are critical in
the design of a great water feature. Understanding
the purpose of the sound is an important component of the design. A soft babbling splash can be very calming,
while a larger flow of water from a greater height, draws attention and can
distract. Be aware that in a smaller
confined space, such as a courtyard, the sound of the water is significantly
amplified. If you seek a quite place to
relax and read, then a much softer sound is required.
Reflective formal ponds
features can provide wonderful reflective qualities, while statues and
sculptural artwork can be placed as centre pieces or be set back as a focal point.
Some reflective ponds can simply create
interest through reflecting the sky above or the surrounding landscape.
Water plants are
generally not the main feature of formal ponds. The selection of plant varieties are kept to
a minimum, so as not to over power or distract from the design. A lush botanical look with an abundance of
plants is rarely a part the design style.
selections and colour combinations should also be kept to a minimum. Generally the classic whites or softer
colours. However, that is not to say
that you cannot add a touch of flair by adding a contrast to the surrounding
the classic plants for formal ponds. They should be placed at specific points to
maintain symmetry, rather than placed in random clusters. However you need to be aware that water lilies
are not suitable plants for under fountains.
They do not like to have their leaves constantly splashed upon, as the
upper leaf surface is where they breathe from.
The importance of submerged water plants.
plants are plants that grow with their leaves below the water. This very feature makes them ideal for formal ponds because they do not distract from the
design of the water feature.
benefits are that they
- Assist with improving the pond health,
- Help clarify
- Filter the
nutrients and reduce algal blooms,
- Provide shelter for fish
- Help to camouflage underwater wiring and plumbing.
- Click on the following link to view water lilies that are
available from Oz Watergardens.
- Click on the following link for more
information on submerged water plants
- For information on the plant care and
maintenance of water plants, go to our Tips & Hints page.
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