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Water Gardening - Plants and Flower Photos

Updated on February 9, 2012
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Water plants in a large rectangle pond.

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Waterlilies in the pond

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These Pretty flowers were growing out of the water.

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Water Gardens

I love water gardens wherever I see them. They take some time and upkeep, but seem to be very much worth the effort. There are many wonderful things about water gardens, but two of the things I like most are the peace and tranquility they provide, and the movement they bring to a garden. It creates a peaceful, restful atmosphere especially when filled with things you love, or that attract things you love or both. For me, it would be butterflies, dragonflies and water lilies, and the sound of the water.

Waterlilies aren't the only plant that can grow in the water. I show some in the photos here in this hub. All kinds of beautiful plants and flowers can grow in water. Its as if a whole new world opens up to the gardener when they add a water feature of some kind.

Different Options for Water Features

One need not have a pond to have a water feature. There are some other options as well. These may be good for people with smaller children that you don't near water with any depth to speak of. One idea is to have a fountain that splashes out onto pebbles. This makes a lovely effect, and draws in butterflies looking for semi wet stones in the heat of the summer.

You could have a shallow trough set up, that is recirculating water through a pump. Since this is a smaller feature, you can place it almost anywhere like a back deck or a front porch. If you have a place to sit on your front porch or back porch, then you can really enjoy the water feature you choose.

Our latest water feature

The last time we were at Lowes, we saw so many different water garden supplies and fountains for sale. We did get one, and it was so nice. It was a gift for our anniversary from my husband, and we both had been wanting one for some time. There is some scroll work, and a lovely shape that water comes up and out of, and trickles down. Trick is to figure out how to best keep that water flowing out. What is nice, is there is a little pool of water at the bottom. Its so nice to have a water feature like this in the garden.

Small Ponds

The nice thing about small ponds, is that they can be any shape or size. There are lots of aids to get started on such a project, or you could hire someone to do it for you if that is a route you choose to take. It used to be that ponds were square in shape, or rectangular. Now that has changed as have the options to have the water level where you want it. Depending on if you want a bog garden, or a wildlife area will help to dictate what you decide to go with.

The ponds in this hub are done by professional master gardeners, but they are a good example of just how nice they can be, and how many different kinds of plants you can grow in them. You will notice a lot of lily pads and water lilies. I absolutely love those plants and flowers. The dragon flies love them too, and they make the perfect inspiration for an artist.

My favorite water lily pond to date was in the Botanical Garden in Colorado. It was called Monet's Water Lily Garden, or something like that. It was huge, and had the largest variety of water lilies I had seen to date. The view of this particular garden pond, helped me to realize Monet just had to paint his water lilies series. It was absolutely stunning and gorgeous.

In these photos, I love a few other things, like the statues and fountains, as well as the large leaved plants and pretty little flowers that were happily blooming. It makes me long for summer again, when it will be time to see all these beautiful things again. I will enjoy the photos and other gardens until maybe one day, I will put in my own pond.

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Beautiful purple water lily and lily pads

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Huge, and I mean huge water lily pads!

You can also see a white water lily bloom about to open up, plus some Chihuly Glass bulbs.
You can also see a white water lily bloom about to open up, plus some Chihuly Glass bulbs. | Source

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Don, I am so thankful for your comment, thank you! We share that in common, the love of gardens. They are very "life giving", that is so true. It brings me great joy that these photos are something you liked viewing. Have a wonderful day.

    • DON BALDERAS profile image

      DON BALDERAS 

      6 years ago

      I fall in love with all these pictures you are sharing. Gardens are life to me.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Percy, thank you very much! I am so glad you enjoyed the photos, and that it triggered some water lilies in your memory from childhood. That must have been a neat pond.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, it is much appreciated. :)

    • precy anza profile image

      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Those are beautiful photos! I enjoyed looking at those. Somehow reminds me of the water lilies I used to see on a nearby pond when I was a kid.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Mardi, Thank you so much. I think the purple water lily and pads would be so neat to grow in my own water garden one day also. I am glad you enjoyed the photos and so happy you stopped by and left a comment. It is much appreciated!

      Hello Chspublish, thank you very much for your words there. I am so happy you enjoyed it! Have a wonderful day.

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      chspublish 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Absolutely lovely photos, which really show the beauty of the water plants to great effect. A very enjoyable hub.

    • Mardi profile image

      Mardi Winder-Adams 

      6 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      These are beautiful photos. I particularly love the beautiful purple water lily. I wish I had the time to have a water garden but maybe someday!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Debra, its great to find another water garden lover. I think its great you had a small pond of your own with some Koi in it. That had to be wonderful. How neat that you were able to let them go into a large pond like that! I bet you do miss them and your pond very much.

      Thank you for sharing your experience here, its exciting to hear about and so rewarding to have had a couple of ponds like you did and with Koi, wow!

    • Debra Charney profile image

      Debra Charney 

      6 years ago from United States

      I love water gardens! They can be a lot of work, but so rewarding. I started out with a small kidney shaped pond with a few Koi about an inch big. Within a few years, I was digging out a 6-foot deep pond with a backhoe!! My Koi had grown to over a foot in length. They were gorgeous, and my prized possessions. Unfortunately, I had to move and could not bring them with me. I set them free in a friend's pond--the size of a lake. They're lovin' life now!! I miss the many hours I spent at my thinking place amongst the Koi and beautiful pond plants. Thanks, for sharing . . .

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Debbie, thank you so much for your votes and visit to my hub. I really appreciate it! It makes me so happy that you like my photos and hub. Have a great evening.

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      Dale Hyde 

      6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      A very interesting hub! I have always admired water gardening! Here where I am at there is a Japanese mediation area that has water gardens. I love to go there. Some lovely pictures as well as the information in the hub. Well done! Voted up!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh I love water gardens and these pictures are just beautiful.. Great Hub

      voted up

      Debbie

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