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Making a Water Garden




Not only will a water garden enhance your landscape, but you'll also soon notice new wildlife that will be attracted to it. You'll be delighted by the number of birds, dragonflies, butterflies, and frogs stopping by for a visit.



  • Waterproof container
  • Watering can
  • Fertilizer


  1. Step 1

    Choose a waterproof container of any size or shape.

  2. Step 2

    Select plants that are easily grown in indoor or outdoor water gardens.

  3. Step 3

    Place potted plant in container.

  4. Step 4

    Cover with several inches of gravel to weigh down.

  5. Step 5

    Fill container halfway with water using a watering can.

  6. Step 6

    Fertilize monthly with standard fertilizer, or use a mixture of compost tea and fish.

  7. Step 7

    Place in bright location.

  8. Step 8

    Keep water level consistent; fill as needed.

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008



Reviews (2)

  • Treesplace 15 May, 2008

    water is getting cloudy in my water garden container. do I need to do something to keep the water clear and not mucky?

  • mchlbeagle 1 May, 2008

    If you are fortunate enough to either live in Florida or visit Florida in late spring through early summer red mangrove pods can be collected and used in a water garden or even aquarium. The pods are easy to care for but do prefer salt water but I have had success with just using fresh water for some time.