All Posts   Posted:   June 5, 2018 by Jennifer Williams

As spring turns to summer our minds often turn to thoughts of vacations and outdoor cookouts with friends and family. Blooming containers, flowering hanging baskets and bountiful raised beds all enhance our outdoor spaces with color, fragrance and tasty treats! Bird baths, ponds and fountains provide the relaxing sound of water that completes your garden oasis. If you are looking to add some water to your garden, patio or home this summer a simple water bowl or vase is all you need to get started.

One easy project to add a cooling sense of tranquility to your home or patio is the tabletop water garden or miniature aquascape. Start with a vessel and a few choice aquatic plants, add pebbles, water & voila - It’s so simple it’s almost too easy. Try using a tall elegant glass vase (clear or colored glass); add some decorative rocks in the bottom and a floating aquatic plant, like water lettuce or water hyacinth. The floating plant allows its roots to be admired in all their intricacy as the glass and water slightly magnify the details. Pretty rocks or stones on the bottom provide depth and interest to the creation and can add a personal touch.

3 Best Water Garden Floaters:

  • Water Lettuce, Pistia stratiotes ‘Rosette’(not edible)
  • Water Hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes
  • Frogbit, Limnobium spongia

Tips: To keep your indoor aquatics happy.

 

  • Bright sunlight - for at least 4 hours a day. Try to avoid overheating the water with intense, direct sunlight from a South or West facing exposure; morning sun is best.
  • Fluorescent light – if you don’t have natural, bright light indoors, use a fluorescent or LED bulb above the vase (incandescents get too hot).
  • Avoid detergents – when cleaning your vessel.
  • Charcoal – add a few pieces of charcoal to the pebbles at the bottom to help keep the water clean and reduce algae growth.
  • Water – top off water levels to keep your vase full and avoid switching the water out (fresh water can contribute to algae blooms).
  • Fish – if you want to be more proactive to control algae try fish, they are living cleaners; be sure your container is appropriate sized for fish and that water temperature remains within appropriate ranges for their health.

 

Stop in to one of our garden centers to see our recent shipment of floating water plants and take some home today for a simple & stylish tabletop water garden project to add pizazz to your party or a calming space in your backyard retreat.

As spring turns to summer our minds often turn to thoughts of vacations and outdoor cookouts with friends and family. Blooming containers, flowering hanging baskets and bountiful raised beds all enhance our outdoor spaces with color, fragrance and tasty treats! Bird baths, ponds and fountains provide the relaxing sound of water that completes your garden oasis. If you are looking to add some water to your garden, patio or home this summer a simple water bowl or vase is all you need to get started.

One easy project to add a cooling sense of tranquility to your home or patio is the tabletop water garden or miniature aquascape. Start with a vessel and a few choice aquatic plants, add pebbles, water & voila - It’s so simple it’s almost too easy. Try using a tall elegant glass vase (clear or colored glass); add some decorative rocks in the bottom and a floating aquatic plant, like water lettuce or water hyacinth. The floating plant allows its roots to be admired in all their intricacy as the glass and water slightly magnify the details. Pretty rocks or stones on the bottom provide depth and interest to the creation and can add a personal touch.

3 Best Water Garden Floaters:

  • Water Lettuce, Pistia stratiotes ‘Rosette’(not edible)
  • Water Hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes
  • Frogbit, Limnobium spongia

Tips: To keep your indoor aquatics happy.

 

  • Bright sunlight - for at least 4 hours a day. Try to avoid overheating the water with intense, direct sunlight from a South or West facing exposure; morning sun is best.
  • Fluorescent light – if you don’t have natural, bright light indoors, use a fluorescent or LED bulb above the vase (incandescents get too hot).
  • Avoid detergents – when cleaning your vessel.
  • Charcoal – add a few pieces of charcoal to the pebbles at the bottom to help keep the water clean and reduce algae growth.
  • Water – top off water levels to keep your vase full and avoid switching the water out (fresh water can contribute to algae blooms).
  • Fish – if you want to be more proactive to control algae try fish, they are living cleaners; be sure your container is appropriate sized for fish and that water temperature remains within appropriate ranges for their health.

 

Stop in to one of our garden centers to see our recent shipment of floating water plants and take some home today for a simple & stylish tabletop water garden project to add pizazz to your party or a calming space in your backyard retreat.