Water features are simple to create and can be used in small and large spaces, making them very diverse and functional. Most containers can be turned into a water garden; plastic containers are ideal because they are water tight and weatherproof. Containers come in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit any water design concept. Add water plants to your container for a beautiful water design and another feature to admire in your garden space. The sound of cascading water in your space will provide a relaxing and inviting atmosphere to enjoy.
Pick a spot for your water garden feature that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day and is near an electrical outlet. Make sure the ground is level using a carpenter's level.
Build a fountain that can be easily moved and situated around the space; these are ideal for small spaces and if you relocate. Use a half-barrel plastic container for your water feature, which can be found at your local garden store.
Place your container in the spot and fill halfway with water. Install a reciruclulating pump, which continuously pulls water from the container, sending it through the tube and out again. Place the pump at the bottom of your container.
Plug the pump into the electrical outlet. Make sure your outdoor outlet has a ground fault interrupter circuit, a type of outlet that acts as its own circuit breaker that will trip in the event that the pump has problems.
Fill the rest of the container with water until it's around three-quarters full. Let the water circulate at least 2 hours and until the temperature is constant; this will help the aquatic plants assimilate to the water. Cold water can shock a plant.
Add floating aquatic plants to the container for a beautiful design. Add water hyacinths and lilies to the container. Use cascading water plants, such as parrot feather or water mint, in the front of the container for a dramatic effect.