Ponds are beautiful living ecosystems and usually a large focal point in your landscape. But soon ice forms and the blankets of snowfalls surround your feature and you look out the window and say- “Wait, what pond?” Spring and summer are when we burst out of the house into the warmth and decorate and plan for the warm season we spend by our pond. Although now that it’s autumn, how about a little planning for the winter season to jazz up that frozen paradise? We have ideas from large sculptural accents to free craft projects.
Idea one- Sculptural Focal Points
Many sculptural pieces can spend the winter outside. We are showing some examples that are also spitters so that in the spring they can, if you choose, become fountains. Sculptural pieces add character and winter interest to your now snow-blanketed landscape. Bronze and stone sculpture can remain outside all year.
Idea 2- Light It Up
Turn the lights on! Silly in the snow…? Absolutely not! The glow from within the ice can be beautiful and is ok to turn them on in the winter, just don’t forget to turn them off. You could try some lighting elements outside the pond like these pagodas. Remember while planning that the reflection at night on the water can be a beautiful as the light itself. The most dramatic example of light reflection in the pond is when Christmas lights are used on trees around the pond. Temporary lighting may be great for a special occasion, try making an ice candleholder in your freezer, like the one shown.
Idea 3- Shopping in the Woods
Nature has some beautiful accents to offer. Moss is a beautiful accent for the fall and throughout the year staying green all the time and growing in 35-degree temperatures. For a seasonal pond side accent try cut evergreens. Place cut evergreens in a pot or basket around the pond. You can also create simple garlands and place them thoughtfully along your waterfall. One should only use evergreens that are not bearing berries because you don’t want them in the pond later. White birch logs and cedar stumps can be found in the local forest and help ad character and interest in the stark winter.