Adding a water element to your garden

Any garden improves with water. When planning your garden, leave 10 to 15 percent of the area for water culture and water gardens. Water plays an important role attracting predators such as birds, frogs and beneficial insects to the garden.

The choice of a water detail will obviously depend on the available space in the garden. You can place water details in the garden, on the balcony or patio by either by adding ponds or a simple water pot.

Water in small spaces

Ecological balance is an art, and for smaller more complex water gardens, containers and pots can do the job. 


  • Choose a containers or ceramic pot that suits the appearance of your project.
  • Close any holes or cracks with waterproof glue (silicone).  Cover the hole with a piece of tile. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
  • Place a layer of small pebble.
  • Fill slowly with water.
  • Add aquatic plants.
  • Decorate around your water feature with plants, stones and logs, creating places for the frogs to hide.

La Sirène is the spirit of the Haitian mermaid. She attracts those in the sea to the ancestral house on the ocean floor. Like Oceana, she is strong and powerful when offended, but also quiet, soothing and healing. She is possessed by the deep water. La Sirène is close to the heart of the sea. Position your pot on a bench or table so that the moon can reflect in the water.

Aquatic plants

Healthy aquatic plants are important in the water garden, as well as beautiful. A water feature is not complete without these plants. One of its most important functions is to keep the water clean and prevent the formation of algae by absorbing the nutrients that are dissolved in the water.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALight is absolutely essential for the growth of all aquatic plants. Aquatic plants need a minimum of 5 hours of sun per day. There are many varieties of aquatic plants. Floating, marginalised or submerged plants. Aquatic plants, if abandoned will occupy the entire surface of the water feature. Remove the excess aquatic plants and throw them in your compost bin or feed them to your ducks, as they are extremely rich in nutrients.

And Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are not a problem in container water gardens as the living plants keep the water from becoming stagnant. If they do develop, remove them by overfilling your container and letting the mosquito larvae run out with the water flowing over the top.

Water in Permaculture Ponds

For larger water features, place native fish in your pond as they eat mosquitoes and their eggs. Place flat rocks near the pond to attract frogs, butterflies and dragonflies. A small solar water pump can be used to aerate the water.

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Laila Helena is a BHSc Naturopath who has had a lifetime of sustainable living and Permaculture. She teaches people to be self-reliant and live consciously. The possibility of a sustainable planet has inspired her to create a business that works towards this sustainable future.

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