Garden ponds can bring your outdoor space to a whole new level. Adding one in your garden is a great way to encourage more wildlife into your backyard.
You can provide an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife, including frogs, fishes, and insects. Ponds are a great source of food and water, as well as a home or breeding ground for them to utilise.
If you’re planning to start a pond in your garden, here are 75 ideas that you can use for your own inspiration. This guide will walk you through a curated list of beautiful designs and ideas to create a unique garden.
Let’s dive in!
1. Canoe pond
Make your pond that bit more original by building it in a canoe! This is probably one of the coolest abstract pond ideas we’ve ever seen, don’t you agree?
2. Two-tier wood-framed raised pond with water feature
If you’re looking for a more modern-style pond, this 2-tier wood frame raised pond is a great design and construction. Add extra levels and a simple water feature, plus some stone statue decorations.
3. Waterfall with small koi pond
Give your koi fishes a great environment, just like this waterfall pond. Add a waterfall amongst the rocks if you’re looking for a more natural-looking pond.
This is a brilliant pond idea, especially if you have small garden space.
4. Small koi pond with water feature
Looking for ways to upgrade the look of your humble garden pond? Enhance your small pond by adding a water feature to create a calming atmosphere.
5. Mixed metal water fountain
Go for more of a rustic, homemade feel for your water feature, using various metal parts you can find around your home.
6. Disappearing water fountain
If you’re short on space or have small children or pets, a disappearing water fountain could be for you. The water sits underground so they’re safer than a standard pond.
7. Charming water feature
A miniature pond is perfect for small spaces. Build up the edges with flagstones and cute ornaments, and voila! You now have a mini garden pond to call your own.
8. Tea pot fountain
Make use of your old teapot and incorporate it into your existing pond. As a result, you can have a unique water fountain in your yard.
Make sure to surround the pond with colourful flowers to enhance its appearance more.
9. Water garden
Add some plants to your pond to create the perfect water garden. The greens will surely breathe new life into your water garden.
10. Bamboo fountain
There’s no doubt that a little bamboo can do wonders for your garden pond. Use bamboo to bring Japanese garden-vibes to your water feature.
11. Copper spout
Add upscale appeal to any fountain or water feature with a copper spout. They can fit well into both modern and traditional landscapes.
12. Life on the ledge
A stone ledge is a classy and compact way to add a waterfall to your raised pond.
13. Pond and fountain
Looking for a unique garden water feature style? Build your own mini fountain within your pond using a plant pot.
How about that?
14. Wildlife pond
If a more organic-looking pond is your thing, create a wildlife pond like this one using natural materials. Literally anything you can find in your backyard, such as old pots, plants, and a garden light.
15. Lush and colourful wildlife pond
If you’re looking for a more preened wildlife pond, carefully arrange some plants around the edge to attract wildlife.
16. Tub and solar pump pond
This is a great way to create an instant water feature as there’s no wiring involved with a solar pump.
17. The big, bad bowl pond
A contemporary design like this can turn your pond into a raised centrepiece. I mean, look at that! So simple yet it adds a statement.
Add a wooden border to your pond using sleepers to add a touch of natural class. The flower bed perimeter will tie it back in with the rest of the garden.
Adding a fence around your pond not only increases safety for small children and pets; in this case the bamboo fencing and mini stone bridges give it a Zen Garden feel. It’s like a miniature garden within a garden.
20. Building bridges
Create your own mini island getaway in your back garden by adding bridges over your water features.
21. Sunny koi pond
Create an idyllic koi pond in a sunny space in your garden to encourage wildlife.
22. Professional koi pond
Transform your garden with this incredibly designed koi pond. The stone bridge makes it even more exceptional.
23. Carved deck tiny pond
A cute water garden carved into the decking creates an enchanting space for wildlife.
24. Space saver garden pond
A miniature pond hidden away in the decking is perfect if you’re short on garden space.
25. Natural filtration
For a more natural-looking koi pond, line the bottom and sides with stones and use plants as a natural filtration system.
26. Montcalm street contemporary patio
This innovative oblong pond with stunning water features allows wildlife to flourish.
27. Focal point
A stunning design like this will make your pond a real focal point in your garden.
28. Cubic footage
An imaginative use of decking creates an ultramodern island-style seating area.
29. Reflective source
Adding mirrors to your garden creates the feeling of extra space and light.
30. Widened borders
Use paving stones to create a path border to your pond and add a splash of colour with a surrounding flower bed.
31. Lighted zen container pond
Create a Zen garden in a raised tub pond by adding lights and plants.
32. Bubble container pond
With bubble fountains, the water bubbles rather than flows over a distance so they’re easier to make yourself, but you still get the calming trickle of running water.
33. Paver pond with fountain
Create your own pond edging with leftover paving stones to create a unique built up water feature.
34. Small waterfall pond
This pond may be small but it surely does give a luxurious vibe. Take a look at those stones with unique shapes and patterns!
35. Waterfall pond
If your outdoor space can offer you enough space for a large garden pond, why not consider this design? It’s a 2-in-1 water feature: a pond (home for your koi fishes) and a waterfall (increasing the value of your home).
36. Recycled tractor tire pond
The beauty of creating a DIY garden pond is you can use old materials, such as a recycled tractor or any vehicle tire. Thanks to the round shape of tires, you can achieve a circular pond with a stream.
37. Rectangular pond with wooden deck
Make your regular and rectangular pond look more lavish by incorporating wood elements around it. Take a look at this wooden deck. It surely does add a statement.
38. Simply preformed garden pond
Have you ever dreamed of having a beautifully landscaped pond with beautiful flowering plants and a waterfall? Take this DIY pond project this weekend to create a small koi pond in your backyard.
39. Puddle drop
Never underestimate the power of small garden ponds. This charming pond can be a great addition to your yard design, garden or landscaping ideas.
40. Symmetrical centre
Front yard and backyard landscaping ideas that incorporate a small pond, some decorative rocks, and a water fountain can add harmony and balance to the exterior of your home. This symmetrical centre pond, for instance, can improve the way your home looks and feels.
41. Social gathering space with a small pond
A garden is a cosy place that offers relaxation and simple entertainment after a long day, be it at work or school. So there’s no reason not to make it the best.
Have a look at this simple social gathering space with a mini pond on the side. Imagine spending your afternoons there after a tiring day!
42. Cascading pond
This mountain lake koi pond design looks so natural and beautiful that we added it right away to the list the moment we saw it! With plants around, you can have a mini paradise in your own backyard.
43. Reflective depth
The water is so clear it enables you to see the depth of this garden pond. This one will surely add a touch of beauty and tranquillity to your space.
Plus, you’ll have a much better view of your koi fishes swimming around the pond.
44. Cosy corner pond
Even if your outdoor space is small, you can still incorporate the soothing and cooling effect of water with this mini pond. Decorate it with your chosen stone and plants to boost its appearance.
45. Garden pond with floating eclectic lighting
With a garden pond, a few fish and plants, you’ve got your own mini ecosystem in your yard. What’s more, if you add these cool floating electric lighting!
Not only does this can add a fantastic feature to your garden, but also it can make your entire property look so elegant.
46. Biopool and biodiversity
Imagine spending your summer time while swimming in this ecological pool. This concept is intended for bathing, whereas the other part is for water purification.
Thus, they’re called biological or ecological. The treatment is carried out based on natural self-cleaning activities.
If you want to have a closer relationship with nature, this can be your best bet!
47. Swimming dock
48. Small pond design ideas for small spaces
If you want to keep your lawn but at the same time incorporate a garden pond, take a look at this design idea! The owner created small ponds on each side, with a pathway in between.
49. Tiny zen
This tiny zen-inspired pond will help attract more wildlife into your garden, such as birds, frogs, and butterflies. You can also use the small pond to keep some koi fish, too.
50. Best of both worlds
This garden pond design screams luxury and sophistication! The waterfall, the brick oven on the side that can double as a fireplace, and some garden tables and chairs around the pond is such a dream!
51. Raised wooden garden pond
Wooden sleepers make a great landscaping project and fish ponds. This DIY raised wooden garden pond can be a beautiful addition to your garden or landscape design.
52. Above-ground pond
This above-ground pond surely can bring the subtle beauty of water and nature in your garden. Featuring a mountain and a trellis, what an attractive water feature to have outdoors!
53. Shade garden pond
54. Peaceful pond
55. Tiny watering hole
56. Antique masonry
57. Contemporary reflection pond
58. Wishing fountain
59. Maximum minimalism
60. Small pond with stones and pebbles
61. Raised pond
62. Reflection round pool pond
63. Stone garden pond
64. Koi water garden brick and wooden pond
65. DIY miniature pond
66. Garden pond and deck
67. Recycled bathtub pond
68. Ultimate koi corner pond
70. Mini round-shaped pond within a circular lawn border
71. Pond table
72. Small, double garden pond with waterfall and fountain
73. Floating pond island
74. Elegant and ancient-inspired pond
75. Pond with large waterfall
Garden ponds have often been seen as dull and boring, but not any longer.
As we’ve seen there’s a wide range of ways to make your garden pond a focal point of your garden, wowing visitors and providing a truly relaxing experience and past time.
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