Fill a big container with water and transform your patio into a divinely green space

If the weather stays warm where you live, you may be able to take advantage of a water container garden well into the fall season. If you're in for a chilly fall and winter, you can daydream and plan this cool water feature for the spring. Water gardens are versatile, easy to set up and easy to maintain.
There are so many different ways to do them, because if a container can hold water, it can be a water garden. These miniversions are simple to set up on a porch or patio, especially if you don't have a lot of extra room in your garden. So that's where we're going to start today.
1. Water lily garden right outside your back door
Whats Ur Home Story shows us how to make a water garden with just a few simple products.
Add water lilies and lotuses, and you have your own piece of serenity right there on the deck. You can play with the placement and plants that you use. Choose an area that gets lots of sun so that the water stays clear.
2. Choices, choices: Get the right plants in the right container for success
This tutorial from Midwest Living focuses on tips for plant choices and container styles. You can choose specific plants for their contrast with each other to get a visually intriguing water container garden. You should definitely pay attention to the algae that may grow, but keeping it in the sun will help keep those levels down. The best part? You won't ever have to weed this garden!
3. Make a cool pool for your plants in a minicontainer garden
The Garden Glove runs down the special selections available for water garden lovers. The step-by-step tutorial gives you tips and tricks for how to pick the best container and the different ways to incorporate materials, from terra cotta to wood. There are even some wonderful ways to maximize space and selection for the plants in your garden.
4. Portable tabletop water garden with secret weapon inside
HGTV recommends adding fresh water more often to keep this tabletop water container garden healthy and green. It's even small enough to be portable. The plants will take care of themselves most of the time, and you won't have to worry about keeping it watered! The secret weapon: If you keep the plants in their original pots, they'll still be able to get their nutrients from the soil.
5. Choose plants with different textures for more soothing arrangements
It's all about the texture of the plants in this post from Fine Gardening. You can also focus on plants that smell good. Depending on the plants you select, you can always change it up and rearrange them for variety. Pretty foolproof!
How excited are you to get started on your water container garden? Please tell us in the comments, and don't forget to SHARE with others. Happy gardening!
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