How to Make a Chinese Water Garden

Sometimes the hot summer months make it seem impossible to grow plants. Either it is too hot to keep them well-watered or too hot to work in a garden. If you have enough backyard space, you can create a large, Chinese water garden. If not, there is a way to get the same effect in limited space. Chinese water gardens will allow you to create a pond as a serene focal point for you to enjoy during warm months. Follow these steps to take the edge off of the summer heat waves by gazing into a Chinese water garden.


Step 1

Place the piece of burlap in the water lily basket. Insert the water lily and top the basket with the aquatic soil mix. Pour water into the basket to settle the soil.

Step 2

Place bricks inside the glazed pot to create a platform for the two potted plants. The bricks with add visual interest to the Chinese water garden because the plants will be at varied heights. Make sure to get glazed pots that will match your plants or help their own blooms stand out.

Step 3

Position the flowering rush so that it is fully emerged in water when the pot is filled. The arum lily should be half submerged once filled. Fill the glazed pot with water until it is an inch from the top.

Step 4

Fill the pot with water and lower the water lily onto the positioned bricks. Place the water garden in a sunny loction.

Tips and Warnings

When the weather turns cold, such as in late fall or winter, be sure to store all your water garden pieces so that they don't crack or break. Be cautious if you have small children or pets. Remember that 28 inches is a large diameter for a pot filled mostly with water and could be a drowning hazard.

Things You'll Need

Water lily basket, Aquatic compost, Large container or bucket, Bricks, Large glazed pot at least 28 inches, A piece of burlap, Compact water lily, Flowering rush, Arum lily

About this Author

Paul Bright has been freelance writing online since 2006, specializing in topics related to military employment, mental health and gardens. He writes for eHow and Answerbag. He is also a federal employee in Northern California. Bright holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and is pursuing a Master of Arts in psychology-marriage and family therapy from Brandman University.

Article provided by eHow Home & Garden | How to Make a Chinese Water Garden