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Water lily and Japanese rush pot display

You will need

  • Waterlily, Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Helvola'
  • Japanese rush, Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus'
  • Washed pea gravel, waterproof paint
  • Glazed pot, 60cm diameter
  • All-purpose silicone sealant
  • Aquatic planting basket, 20cm diameter x2
  • Aquatic compost or heavy loam
  • Engineering bricks x2


Don't despair if you only have a tiny garden. Your dream of having a pond is easier to realise than you think. Our mini container pond is big enough to host your favourite aquatic plants and in no time, you'll be able to enjoy watching the wildlife it will attract.
Plant it: April - June
At its best: June - September
Takes just: 30 minutes, plus 24 hours drying time

How to do it:

Container pond feature - planting a waterlily

1 Prepare your container by filling in any holes in the bottom with waterproof sealant. Leave to dry, then paint the inside of the pot with waterproof paint. When that is dry, half-fill a planting basket with aquatic compost or heavy loam. Spread the waterlily's roots on top, taking care not to break them.

Container pond feature  - weighing down the compost with pea gravel

2 Fill in around the roots with more compost or loam, firming it in layers. Weigh it down with a layer of pea gravel.

Container pond feature  - lowering plants into the water

3 Plant the second basket with the acorus in the same way. Place the bricks in the container, then fill it with water and slowly lower the baskets into the pond.

Container pond feature - aquatic plants in container filled with water

4 Surround the pond with pots for an eye-catching display. Check regularly for leaves and other bits of garden debris and remove them where necessary.

Our tip

Keep the pond water free from algae with oxygenating plants. Try water mint, hornwort or Ceratophyllum demersum.

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