Creating A Lily Pond

Lily Ponds – added feature added flavor

Creating a lily pond- water lillies
A lily pond

Lily ponds can add that special feature and flavor which can really lighten up your surroundings while also adding that touch of class and elegance. Lily ponds are one of my favorite additions to a home garden and will add that unique quality for those who want to go to the next level.

Watching your floating water lilies can be a wonderful past time as you enjoy the fruit of your labor.

Creating a lily pond takes some additional insight but it’s possible to have one of your own.

So with all that said, these are the steps to constructing a LILY POND.

As with any project, you will need to have a well thought out plan in order to be successful so it is the same process when constructing a lily pond.

A lily pond
1. Location. Location. Location.
Location is so important for any project. So the first thing is to find a sunny location. Lilies need about 5-6 hours of sunlight per day.

2. Figure out what size you want your lily pond to be along with the shape. Personally, I would rather choose a shape that’s different. A shape that will stand out from other ponds but that’s up to you. Just don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild. If you choose to use plastic liners then your pond will have to be constructed according to the shape of the liner. By using paint markers or string with stakes you can start to mark out the shape of your lily pond.

4. With a shovel begin to dig out the pond area. Make sure to follow the pattern that you drew with the paint marker or with the strings.

5. If you are using a plastic liner after you have dig out the area place the liner in the area that has been dug for it

7. Next, you can begin to add both plants and large stones around the pond’s edge. For me, I would choose grassy like plants along with a few colorful plants. Grassy plants like fountain grass or muly grass will give it in my opinion that natural look. The large stones that you choose will help hold the pond liner in place. As you lay the stones you would want it to look like it was ever there and not place there by you. So keep that in mind try to make it look natural as nature would have it.

8. Fill the pond with water and before adding any plants, let the water sit for about 3 weeks and watch to see if there are any leaks.

9. At the same time keep a close watch on the plants that you planted around the pond’s edge make sure they are well watered. Whatever plants you choose, check with your nursery about how to care for them.

Adding your water lilies to your pond

1. Using 3 -gallon size plastic pots fill them 2-4 inches with small gravel rocks this will add weight to the pot to keep it stabilized.

2. Add clay loamy soil to the container. Plant your water lily in the soil leaving the top part or shoot above the soil. Place about 1 inch of gravel over the soil to hold it in place

3. Around your water lily insert a few fertilizer plugs or pond tabs this will ensure that your lilies are getting the nutrients that they need.

4. Place the lilies that you planted in the plastic containers in the lily pond. The good thing about choosing a sunny location to plant your lilies is that as they grow in the sun floating leaves will emerge.

The final word

lily ponds make a great garden feature it can add value to your property giving it a touch of class so go ahead and construct one it’s exciting and lots of fun trust me you will enjoy it.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

3 thoughts on “Creating A Lily Pond”

  1. That is just so cool. You need to work so much to keep the lily in great condition. I like how you explain every point in order and very in depth information. I always thought of beautifying my balcony with something that stand out well. Maybe, one day, I might just have a lily pond.


    • Good morning and thanks Steve for those very kind words glad that you like this article on lily ponds. If you need any help just give me a shout I will be glad to help. Have a good day.


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