Ponds and Wetlands
Kniphofia praecox around pond
into a stone-edged stream
Place the pond where water naturally
Purple flowers of Senecio speciosus
Keep some open water for dragonflies
The water pools in the flat section; a beach offers valuable wading area
Cyperus are natural pond plants
This narrow stream captures water from 2 areas; the steep slope that edges it, and the stormwater from the roadside and house platform above.
A narrow shelf of water lilies
Trees, shrubs, and reeds soften the hard materials helping the pond to blend naturally into the plant habitat.
Make it an entrance showstopper
A faux-rock pool screens the front entrance to the house while providing a beautiful habitat for wildlife.
Enjoying a bathe
Small birds are happy to bathe here, able to dart quickly behind a rock or plant when feeling threatened.
Catering for many
A waterfall keeps the water clean and provides a shallow shelf for small birds. The deeper pond is home to a few fish, dragonflies, frogs, and other aquatic creatures.
Keep the pond water healthy
This small waterfall helps to oxygenate the pond water.
Edge with flowers
Dragonflies and frogs feed on the insects attracted to these flowers.
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Direct the runoff
Intelligent design is critical to capturing and using the water that falls on your property.
A wildlife pond in a traffic island
The entrance to this residential estate on the KZN South Coast is not too busy, but is dominated by hot, tarred roads. This pond is a beautiful entrance design but also provides habitat and a stepping stone for animals as they negotiate the road.
Find the best position
This pond edges the driveway and collects valuable runoff. Plants help to filter dust, oils, and other pollutants on the tarred surface.
No South African garden should be without these worldwide favourites. They thrive in normal garden situations, but look best around water features; here, they provide sustenance for birds and insects like dragonflies. Frogs will find shelter beneath the arching leaves.
Shallow pond with water lillies
Pond edge plant habitat
Add dense plant habitat around the pond for both an attractive garden and as foraging and hide-away sites for wildlife.
Kniphofias (Red-hot Pokers) are a must around ponds, providing beauty, as well as pollen and nectar for insects and birds.
Wildlife pond design
Add shelves for small water plants that prefer just their feet getting wet.
This small submersible pump helps to oxygenate the water.