The best garden pond ideas – from private, famous and show gardens

11 top garden pond design ideas! Choose from informal, classical, exotic or contemporary pond ideas, or add sculpture, seating or pots to your pond.

Gardens featured include:
Borde Hill Gardens, East Sussex:
Doddington Place Gardens, Kent:

Safety note: garden ponds are dangerous for babies and toddlers. Make sure they are always supervised when there is a garden pond.

To make your own mini pond from an oak barrel, see:

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  1. Sarah Marti on March 11, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    I’m in Los Angeles and we have issues with mosquitoes here so we’re told not to have any standing water at all, not even a watering can with water left in it. I wonder if, as the UK starts to get warmer because of global warming, if you’ll end up with some restrictions like that as well. It would be a big shame.

  2. Chris Littebrant on March 11, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    💕💗💖👍 Thank you for sharing. Take care and God Bless, Chris-Raleigh NC

  3. neverlostforwords on March 11, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Very interesting and enjoyable, thanks! Some of those ponds look difficult to maintain while always looking stunning. As maintenance, algae, wildlife and safety are all important issues with a pond, I can only contemplate having a tiny pond (half a wine barrel looks do-able) and learn how to look after – possibly. I admire people who can manage a large pond well! We had a backyard swimming pool for many years and it was such a lot of work to maintain. I don’t miss it. Ducks used to fly in and use it as a pond, when the chlorine levels were low. Currently, we have saucers of water set out for visiting birds, a sprinkler and a garden hose, all of which provide the welcome sights and sounds of water. Cleaning the birds’ water saucers of sludge and refilling them is, oddly, a bit of a chore for me. I’m not lazy, however I am more of a garden bed fanatic (plants, shrubs, trees, flowers etc) than a garden pond afficionado. 🙂 Hats off to all those amazing and industrious gardeners who designed and manage them!

  4. Jennifer Santos on March 11, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I had 5 goldfish in a small pond and they had babies and needed more room! So only last week we finished upgrading their living quarters and they now have a larger raised pond with seating around the edge. I love watching them and the sound of the fountain. Very relaxing 🙂

  5. JANET COREY on March 11, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Good info but wish you would show more beautiful ponds There were only a few great ones

  6. Well Braced on March 11, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    I would love to see more videos like this about ponds. Thank you for the great content on your channel.

  7. Botanical Treasures on March 11, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    “Raised pond.” Great descriptive name for a specific kind of water feature. Still or in motion—water brings light and joy to a garden.
    Our own water feature is a small fountain. To heighten the drama we surrounded it with a moat of gravel defined by edgers and dotted with small potted succulents. Also behind the fountain on either side we placed watertight pots with dwarf papyrus. At the end of our video “Succulent Treasures” you can see what the fountain and plants looked like.
    We also turned two different sizes of faux whiskey barrels into bog gardens with pitcher plants, venus fly traps, and zephyranthes or rain lilies and other plants no longer with us. Our success would have been all the greater had the squirrels 🐿 not dug in them.
    Today we are eagerly awaiting our new outdoor tiles so we can redo the patio for this year. Hooray! Happy gardening🌱

  8. Rose Mary on March 11, 2021 at 11:23 pm


  9. Orchid Garden on March 11, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Question for you from across the pond. Here in the US we have so many mosquitos in the summer. Do you have mosquitos in the UK? A pond like this without a filter and moving water would be a huge mosquito breeding ground here, making the area unbearable in the evening.

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