The largest garden bed on my property, my back side garden, has long be devoid of a focal point. When I was doing most of these gardens in the fall of 2004 I needed (wanted?) to create a very large bed to balance out the rest of the yard, but whereas I had plants and design schemes in my mind for my other beds, this one was to be experimental, where I put all the plants I wanted to grow but didn’t have room for elsewhere.
As such, I’ve changed this bed a lot, I’ve constantly moved things or dug up things, never quite being fully happy with it, but slowly, it is coming around.
The most recent change as the addition of my brand new water feature, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. I had previously had a little wishing well-like water “feature” in the back of the garden, and it was alright, the brick work was really well done on it, but it was way too small for the space, and it didn’t really add any character, it was too plain, it just didn’t work.
I decided to get rid of it, and in its place do something with stone that was larger. I decided to do a larger raised stone water feature. Raised, so I could show off the stone, and so it would be more of a focal point.
I tell you what, the second I put those beautiful Three Rivers Stone boulders down in the garden, it all changed. Just the mere addition of stone changed the looked of the garden, it was unbelievable. I’ve never experienced so drastic a visual change in a garden from a single addition. I was obviously missing stone before. The fact is, we garden, usually, to mimic nature, and there are stones in nature, and there are changes of elevation in nature, and this was a big flat garden area. I am now going to experiment with adding boulders to my other garden beds.
I was very much flying by the seat of my pants with this design, I had no plans to base it off of, just an idea in my head, and it turned out better than my wildest imaginations. I’ve had some luck in the past with my ideas coming off really well, but normally the first iteration needs work, not in this case, it looks amazing, way better than I had hoped, it cost less than I thought it would, and it helps the garden more than I thought it would.
I planted it with sedum ground covers in purple, blue, and red, and with dwarf evergreen accent plants. There are a couple waterlilies in the water, as well as a plant for the fish to nibble on, and yes, there are fish. 6 comet goldfish, which apparently can indeed live in there year round so long as it doesn’t freeze solid.