Planning a Project: Patio Pond

You've picked your next DIY project — a patio pond — so, now what? 

A Patio Pond is a great way to have a water garden if you don’t have a lot of space, or you want to add a unique feature to your patio, porch, or deck. And there are so many ways you can create one!  If you’re suddenly feeling a bit overwhelmed taking on a DIY project, don’t worry. We’ve got you. Here are some helpful steps you can take so you can start planning out your project. 

Research similar projects 

Take to the internet and do some research. Look up different kinds of patio ponds and take note of what do you like about them: style, location, plants, "vibe", etc. Do you envision a tranquil oasis where you can unwind after a long day, surrounded by the soothing sounds of bubbling water? Or perhaps you prefer a vibrant and lively atmosphere, with colorful fish darting among the plants and rocks. Whatever your preference, there's a patio pond style out there to match it! 

Choose a style 

Selecting the perfect container sets the tone for your patio pond oasis. A whiskey barrel gives rustic charm, while a concrete bowl aligns more with a Zen aesthetic. To pinpoint your desired style, consider crafting a mood board or perusing Pinterest for inspiration. This step ensures your patio pond reflects your unique taste and creates an inviting outdoor haven.  

Pick a location 

Location is key; it sets the tone for the size and style of your patio pond. Ensure your patio pond complements the surroundings and available space. A patio pond should be at least 18 inches in diameter and at least 5-8 inches in depth to cater to your aquatic plants. Don't hesitate to think big if you have the space! Remember, a well-placed and adequately sized patio pond can transform your outdoor area into a tranquil oasis. 

Research plants 

You can’t have a patio pond without aquatic plants. The number of plants you can add depends on the size of your container. Just like plants and flowers, aquatic plants have individual needs for planting depth and soil. Research different aquatic plants or go to your local plant shop and ask an expert. You should make sure you are using native aquatic plants rather than invasive ones. 

Make a list and source your materials 

Once you’ve narrowed down the size and style of your container and what plants you want to use, it’s time to make a list. The basic elements of a patio pond with aquatic plants are a container and a pump. The aquatic plants act as natural filtration, which is why you don't need a filter. Depending on the size of the container, you can also add décor for aeration. 


In the end, a patio pond isn't just a DIY project; it's a journey toward creating a tranquil sanctuary where you can unwind and reconnect with nature right outside your door. So, roll up your sleeves, dive in, and let your patio pond project begin! 

Check out our Zen Patio Pond project for inspiration!