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Water Garden

There are a lot of reasons to have a water garden. My first excuse to build a water garden at my house was because I wanted to grow some water plants. It doesn't require much water to float a few plants. A tub or basin that holds water is enough for many plants. There are a slew of aquatic plants that can float on an inch of water or less or love to be in a bog or un-drained container. Water noise to block out the sounds of the traffic and neighbors attracted me. A stream seemed like a challenge. But once I made one I was rewarded by the increased bird-life that was attracted to the water. My enthusiasm was fueled so when I got a chance I built a pond for someone else. Finding reasons for water features beyond their simple beauty has been easy. Surprisingly they have not been that difficult to construct.

California natives that can go in or around your water feature:
Mimulus cardinalis
Mimulus guttatus
Lobelia cardinalis
Ludwigia peploides
Carex tumicola
Heliotropium curassavicum
Stachys albens * White Hedge Nettle

Links to some Water Garden Projects:
Bamboo Bridge
Fountain in a Healing Garden
A spring fed pond
Fish spitting into a well
Pond with a bridge
Small Pond in a large crock