Miniature Monet

If Monet's lilies have inspired you but your garden is too tiny for a large, naturalistic feature, make a small formal pool like this one.

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When to Plant: Early spring
At Its Best: Summer
Time to Complete: 3 days to dig out and plant

Materials Needed:

  • aquatic plant baskets
  • aquatic soil
  • gravel
  • well-rotted organic matter
  • oxygenating plants
  • arum lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica
  • Bergenia
  • Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Rubra'
  • Nymphaea alba
  • Iris laevigata 'Variegata'
  • Iris laevigata var. alba
  • Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

Dig the Pond

Follow the steps for a wildlife pond but use strings and pegs to mark out straight edges, rather than curved sides. Like the wildlife pond, this one needs a shelf for the marginals and a deeper area for the lilies.

Call In the Experts

The raised brick edging and patio around the pond are best built by a professional landscaper, unless your skills are up to the job. Make a bog garden around the pond, enrich the soil with organic matter and plant up.

Plant the Pool

Plant the lilies and set them on the bottom of the pool, and place the irises and arum lily on the shelf. Include a few oxygenating plants to keep the water clear.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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