Water features are today's hottest trend in landscaping. Across America, high maintenance, boring expanses of lawn are being transformed into beautiful, low maintenance ponds and waterfalls. Everyday millions of people return home to a little paradise... in their own backyards!

A woodland pond with waterfalls and koi. Location and size are the two most important decisions you'll make about your garden pond. By some estimates, 90 percent of the original water gardens sold are later replaced with larger ones. An enthusiastic pond hobbyist always finds new plants or interesting fish to add to their investment. As a general rule, a 180 square-foot or 11' x 16' pond is a good "standard" size water feature. Trace your prospective pond out on the ground with a garden hose to help you visualize what the finished size should be.

Koi pond with water lillies and other aquatic plants. The flash of brilliantly colored fish adds immensely to the enjoyment your water garden affords. In fact, fish actually help support the natural ecosystem and reduce the amount of required pond maintenance. Their sparkle and playfulness offer endless fascination, enhancing the naturalness of the setting.

Small water garden and patio. Because moving water encompasses all of your senses, the water feature should be the focal point of your yard. Perennial plantings, ornamental grasses and even ground cover help naturalize the water's edge. Often a deck or patio can be incorporated for a more up close and personal appreciation of your water feature. You can always do your project in stages - adding plants and a patio in upcoming seasons.