POND par­adise

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - COLLEEN ZACHARIAS

WA­TER, when used in a dec­o­ra­tive form such as a pond or wa­ter fea­ture, can play a dom­i­nant role in to­day’s mod­ern oa­sis, evok­ing the sense of a more nat­u­ral set­ting even in the ur­ban jun­gle. Gen­er­ally we as­so­ciate ponds, for­mal or in­for­mal, as one of the com­po­nents of the so-called bells and whis­tles of the well-ap­pointed land­scape. The prospect of in­stalling a pond, how­ever, does not make a big splash with home­own­ers who would pre­fer an al­ter­na­tive to both the price tag and on­go­ing main­te­nance of a large pond project. While the love af­fair with the el­e­gance and vis­ual in­ter­est of a wa­ter fea­ture is as strong as ever, the trend to­day is to­ward a new ex­pres­sion. Now, whether you gar­den on a con­do­minium ter­race or in a small ur­ban backyard, the glis­ten­ing re­flec­tive sur­face and trick­ling sound of a wa­ter fea­ture can be yours with rel­a­tive ease and af­ford­abil­ity. Con­tainer wa­ter gar­dens or pa­tio ponds are the new aquas­capes where sim­plic­ity rules. How sim­ple? The ba­sic in­gre­di­ents for a pa­tio wa­ter gar­den con­sist of a con­tainer, wa­ter and plants. While it is pos­si­ble for do-it-your­selfers to use any type of con­tainer, en­sur­ing first any drainage holes are sealed with a bit of caulk­ing, many gar­den cen­tres this spring will of­fer a range of spe­cial­ized wa­ter bowls in light­weight fi­bre­glass or plas­tic.

IPHOTO

Please see A yel­low lo­tus flower. At top, trop­i­cal plants, though not win­ter­hardy, thrive un­der the prairie sun. Colo­ca­sia, also known as ele­phant ears, cre­ates dra­matic ver­ti­cal in­ter­est in any con­tainer

de­sign with its mas­sive leaves. Shown: Blue Hawaii.

PARIDON HOR­TI­CUL­TURAL

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