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A terrace pond or mini-pond is a mini-water garden in a tub of whatever kind. It may be a nicely composed group of pots, tubs and containers as well, in which pond plants live. If you don’t have a garden, you certainly don’t have to decide not to make such a little water paradise. Well planted mini-ponds can be great to look at on a balcony, sun roof or patio. They will provide you with life, variation and viewing pleasure.
A natural pond is ideal for real nature-lovers. It is a place of shelter for endemic flora and fauna. In the natural water- and water-edge plants so much variety and a succession of shapes and colours can be found that a real natural pond is anything but boring. Quite the opposite! It is a pond without much technical means, with slanting watersides to offer the utmost of opportunities to plants and animals.
The classical pond has shapes which remind of styles from the Renaissance or the Baroque, and of even earlier Roman, Egyptian and even Persian gardens. Such a garden always has a strict, symmetrical shape. That may be rounded or square, but most of the time of an elongated rectangular shape. It may be a raised basin as well, above ground level.
Both a waterfall and a brook can only be when water flows through it. In a garden it seldom will be a natural stream. By making meanders and varying depths in a brook local differencies in the rate of flow will occur, which provides for interesting settlement opportunities for plants and animals.
The mirror pond is a tribute to still, quiet lake. A spot to sit down to and to see how the clouds that drift by in the sky are reflected in the unruffled water. It is a spot to let your thoughts flow away or just to forget about everything. To meditate or to remember. The strength of water is this black bottomlesness, the darkness of water.
Koi really can get to one’s heart. Talk to koi-lovers and they can go on indefinitely about their animals, their behaviour, shape and colours, how old they might get etc. They are marvelous animals. But they ask for special measures.
A swimming pond is meant to swim in, but it is no swimming pool. A real swimming pond should make you think that you are swimming in a natural little lake. The surroundings preferably should look natural as well – but they may be of austere style – with waterside plants, possibly a fringe of reeds.