Landscaping the flowerbed and pond helps to tie the spaces together to create a harmonious design. Adding favorite plants and flowers, as well as accent pieces like outdoor sculptures, helps to personalize the space. Bring in focal points using evergreen trees or shrubs to draw the eye to the flowerbeds. To keep the design organized, draw out a rough draft or blueprint to refer to as you begin and work your way through the design.
Accent the flowerbed and pond edge and add bright bursts of color and texture to the landscape with a flower border. Flowerbed borders filled with flowers and foliage plants soften lines around a pond and look attractive from any angle, as well as fitting in with any style of home. To build the flower border, utilize the natural curves around the pond and through the bed to create a meandering border that looks like it’s been there for many years. Natural-looking borders are more effective than straight-edged ones. To fill the border, select plants that flourish within your USDA zone. Perennial flowers are a garden staple and should comprise the main section of the border. Accent perennial flowers with annuals to fill empty spaces with color.
Bring year-round color to the flowerbed and pond with evergreen accents. Since they retain their foliage color year-round, evergreens bring a constant source of vibrancy to the landscape. Growing in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colors, evergreens look ideal tucked within a flowerbed, providing texture and nonstop color, or lining a garden pond, adding elements of height and drama. Evergreens fit into any style of flowerbed and create an impression of warmth during the winter when most other plants have gone dormant. They also serve as a backdrop for the flowers and create a living screen around the pond, affording privacy. Evergreens such as cedars and hollies grow in compact, dense forms that range from columnar to pyramidal in shape and tolerate a wide range of soil varieties. Rubicon white cedar, a variety of cedar shrub, grows 15 to 25 feet tall and is ideal planted along the back of a flowerbed as a dramatic focal point.
Create a path leading around the pond and through the flowerbed. Meandering, winding paths leading through the landscape help to create an inviting entrance to the flowerbed. With a wide variety of different stones available, slate is an attractive yet practical choice. It features a flat, easily walkable surface, while the deep grays and rich purples, and blues found in the stone help to create a focal point for the flowerbed and pond. When creating the stone path, keep the space at least 2 feet wide to ensure adequate space for gardening equipment and easy maneuvering through the flowerbeds.