The Complete Guide to Water Gardens, Ponds & Fountains

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An updated, expanded edition of Creative Homeowner's comprehensive guide to water gardens,Complete Guide to Water Gardens, Ponds & Fountains provides essential information on designing and installing all types of home water gardens, from naturalistic to formal, plus fountains, waterfalls, streams, and bog gardens. Readers will learn how to construct each of these structures, as well as how to design bridges and stepping-stones. Special sections on aquatic plants, fish, and other pond inhabitants bring life to...
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Overview

An updated, expanded edition of Creative Homeowner's comprehensive guide to water gardens,Complete Guide to Water Gardens, Ponds & Fountains provides essential information on designing and installing all types of home water gardens, from naturalistic to formal, plus fountains, waterfalls, streams, and bog gardens. Readers will learn how to construct each of these structures, as well as how to design bridges and stepping-stones. Special sections on aquatic plants, fish, and other pond inhabitants bring life to these essential garden features. Beautifully illustrated with dozens of inspiring landscape photographs, plus step-by-step sequences and instructions, the book shows readers all they need to know to create and maintain the water garden of their dreams.
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Editorial Reviews

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"...comprehensive and creative... (a) worthy sequel."

-- -Kirkus Reports
December, 2005

"....offers great, practical advice on how to tailor a water feature to your skill level and landscaping."

--Library Journal
March, 2006

"...an excellent resource for learning all the basics about planning, installing, and maintaining your own backyard haven."

--Toolmonger.com
June, 2006

Library Journal
Nothing brings a garden to life like a water feature. Fisher, author of the first edition of this title and other gardening books, offers great practical advice on how to tailor a water feature to your skill level and landscaping. Different types of water features are addressed, with excellent instructions and clearly labeled corresponding photos and illustrations. Also included is unique instruction on how to draw a site plan to plot out a water feature. This edition is about 40 pages longer than the previous one, but much of the content remains unchanged. Still, it compares favorably with other water garden books. Recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580111836
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Fisher was the editor of The American Gardener, published by the American Horticultural Society, for 10 years. A longtime newspaper reporter and medical/science writer, she is the author of Herbal Remedies and coauthor with Karan Davis Cutler of Herb Gardening for Dummies. She maintains herb and perennial gardens in Alexandria, Virginia, and a water garden and vegetable garden near Reedville, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

The Complete Guide to Water Gardens, Ponds & Fountains

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

PART I PLANNING YOUR GARDEN Chapter One 12 A LOOK AT THE PASTEarly Civilization 13Persia and Islam 14The Orient 16Ancient Greece, Rome, and the Renaissance 17France 19England 21Mid-to-Late 1800s 22Modern Water Gardens 22

Chapter Two 24 PLANNING YOUR PONDConsidering Your Lifestyle 25Siting Your Water Feature 26Size and Styles 36

Chapter Three 46 BUILDING YOUR PONDLiners 47Edging Options 53Designing the Pond Configuration 56Making a Site Plan 58

PART II Design and BuildChapter Four 62POND FOUNDATIONSSpecial Sites 63Installing a Flexible Liner 64Planting-Shelf Options 69Extra Support for Pond Foundations 72Optional Cement Overliner 73Installing a Preformed Shell 75

Chapter Five 80 STREAMS & WATERFALLSDesign Pointers 81Choosing and Buying a Liner 83Choosing a Pump for Moving Water 84Plumbing Your Moving Water Feature 90Installing a Lined Watercourse 95Installing a Preformed Watercourse 99

Chapter Six 102 FOUNTAINS & LIGHTChoosing Fountains 103Spray Fountains 106Statuary Fountains 110Lighting 113

Chapter Seven 116BRIDGES & STONESWooden Bridges 117Stepping-Stones 120

PART III Enhancing Your Pond Chapter Eight 124 CREATING A WET LAND OR BOG GARDENA Pondside Wetland or Bog Garden 125A Freestanding Wetland Garden 128Filling Your Wetland Garden 131Specialized Plants for Bogs 132

Chapter Nine 136 POND CRITTERSFish 137Choosing Your Fish 138Water Quality 143Bringing Fish Home 145Fish Predators 150Other Water-Loving Creatures 153Attracting Birds 156

PART IV Maintaining Your Garden Chapter Ten 160WATER QUALITYA Pond’s Life 161Controlling Algae 162Balancing a New Pond 163Filtration 166

Chapter Eleven 170 MAINTENANCERoutine Seasonal Tasks 171Troubleshooting 176

PART V Selecting Your Plants Chapter Twelve 184PLANT ENCYCLOPEDIAChoosing Plants 185Beware of Invasive Plants 188Submerged Plants, or Oxygenators 190Floating Plants 192Water Lilies 194Lotuses 205Marginal Plants 209Plants for the Periphery 215

Glossary 230

Index 232

Zone Maps 237

Photo Credits 238

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