Floating beds: 4 ways to make floral mini island in your pond

Floating beds: 4 ways to make floral mini island in your pond

On all arising in the field of landscape designideas do not have enough money, time and place. But this idea many probably will like. Especially for those who have in the area there is at least a small pond. Floating bed nice variety serene water surface: she will play in a new way. Drifting flower island does not require special tools, even if you decide to buy the finished product. What can we say about a bed that you can easily make your own hands. Time for it will not need much. But first determine whether you need this design principle.


What are we going to build?

Arranged man-made island is quite simple. It has a slight floating base, which are made in the cell for various plants. Usually it is made of a porous material that allows the roots of flowers freely suck nutrients and moisture from the reservoir. However, any can be done through special holes for the same purpose. This method of cultivation is easy compared with hydroponics, no soil, and when it is not necessary to expend energy on watering and fertilizing.

Floating bed

Floating bed is good because it can blend in with any design style and will not look foreign body

Among the finished models can be found, suchIt is specifically designed only for potted plants. They are arranged so that the immersion pots in water is only partial. The soil thus moistened, but not wet completely. Such structures also for their own good. They are most often used in swimming pools. island design, you can quickly change. To do this, remove enough of the cells of some pots and insert other.


Here is the bed for the pool. In fact, it is a stand under potted plants. You can change the pots and your pool will be transformed

What is needed in the reservoir bed?

Indeed, what are the benefits ofthis floating flower island, moreover, that he was very handsome? Although the aesthetic appeal is itself a value. But, as it turns out, it is not the only one.

  • The benefits for the residents of the pond and garden. If your pond is inhabited, then innovation would quickly understand. Flowerbed will visit aquatic turtles and frogs, small fish under it will be able to take a break from the summer heat, the birds safe rafts also like.
  • Compact design. Your mini-garden, perfectly retains its shape after landing will not be able to grow uncontrollably, as nowhere else.
  • Protection from pests. Moles, mole crickets, ants and other underground inhabitants will not affect the rest of colors. By the way, the water can be placed not only them, but also a small garden.
  • The cultivation without irrigation. Watering moisture-loving plants, roots andin the water so there is no need. If an improvised raft to plant vegetation that does not like the excess moisture, it will have to make a solid bottom and water as usual.
  • cleaning function. The presence of moisture-loving plants as water - good for the body of water, because their roots purify it from organic substances and will not allow unnecessary grow algae.

As you can see, the reasons for the creation of a small but showy structures abound. By the way, these designs can safely leave in the pond for the winter, their inhabitants do not vymerznut.

Fish and island

The small island - a real gift for the fish that live in your pond: they will be happy to hide behind them in the heat

We select suitable plants

For our purposes it will suit almost all plants, you can even use small shrubs.

  • Pennywort. Absolutely any pennywort can be used.
  • Do not water lovers. Choose to be the owners of the surface of the root system.

For pennywort can be used instead of soilhydrogel or stones that can hold it in position. But consider that in the absence of the soil the plants should be fed substances from the water, so the pool is better to use design with pots and soil in them.

Several beds of various plants

As you can see, the plants in the beds can be very different. Pleasant neighborhood bright flower islands with a refreshing body of water pennywort

The plant is selected based on the size ofadult, so that in the future it is not a utopia island on which it grows. However, the overall types of no one in particular, and is not trying to be planted in such constructions. Therefore wiser to focus its attention on the colors.

A big fan of water travel showedLily herself, hosts, Astilbe, papyrus or tsiperus, marsh iris, calla lilies and daylilies. The company it can make Veres, dead-nettle, Phormium, Heuchera and a variety of ornamental grasses. Never refuse to swim sundew, forget-me, horsetails, creeping buttercup, globeflower, knotweed, watch, marigold, calla, cotton grass and sedge.

Fern and grass

The handsome fern and grass framing it look very impressive, like the luxurious feather hat on the front of the royal Musketeers

Do not forget about those who are accustomed to live onswamps. If possible, be sure to use the bushes cloudberries, lingonberries and cranberries. With regard to the design with pots, then it can be put absolutely any colorful and bright flowers.

General rules for all designs

Finished models floating flower beds, you can buy in the store, but this variant has two significant disadvantages:

  • You have to spend money;
  • to be content with only the standard version.

It is much better to do something to your liking, decorating your favorite body of water petunias or calla lilies in a container, the shape of which you enjoy yourself.

Support under the basket

So unpretentious, clean and very functional look floating beds, which we offer in the shops. We ourselves do precisely is not worse

For a homemade choose the material, determine the size, figure out exactly how it will float. You should always correlate the parameters of the reservoir and the future of the floating island.

The immersion depth depends on the type of the futureplants. If they are among those which tend to grow on land, the water line should not pass over 7 cm from the plane of the bottom of the island. If you have to landing marsh inhabitants and other water lovers, the sludge can be 10-12 cm. Immersion depth is easily adjustable by means of gravel.


The degree of immersion in the water depends on the plant how it like this water. The higher the demand for moisture, the lower can be precipitated flowerbed

Make yourself floating flower bed

We suggest you familiarize yourself with a fewvery simple version of the independent production of such beds. This requires the usual, and the tools available and quite inexpensive materials. All four options presented to you have been tested in practice and have been successfully tested.

Option # 1 - multilayered structure made of non-woven filter

For work, we need: a piece of cardboard, non-woven filter media, foam, fishing line, a mixture of peat soil and flower. Tools: a pen or pencil, scissors, needle, stationery knife. Do not forget the flowers for planting. Getting Started.

On a piece of cardboard draw the outline of the futurefacilities, then you need to cut the pattern. With it, cut out as many pieces of the filter, so that they can provide the desired height of the future flowerbed. Vdevaem fishing line with a needle and sew the layers together all the filter. There is no need to sew along the edge. It may well be that it is necessary to trim the edge of the workpiece by means of a knife stationery.

The first method

The first way to build a floating island is not complex. You just need to be patient and do everything carefully and slowly

The resulting platform is undercut,leaving on the perimeter of the bumpers. A few punctures fill in the blank with foam. To ensure good buoyancy object may require ten or more punctures. Now wait until the foam is sufficiently solid. Let us test the float buoyancy. If large flower roots can be additional slits or recesses in the filter or in the foam.

The pores of the filter to rub moist soil, deepening fill a mixture of soil and peat flower. All you can put the finished island in a pond.

The first method - 2

Despite the fact that the raft tests took place in some open water, swim to it to be in the barrel, which played a small pond

Option # 2 - unpretentious design of the furnace filter

This basic structure, for which the need: two reusable furnace filter, bracket, flexible wire, scissors, foam and spray green paint.

The first filter is to outline and then cutholes in the places where the flowers will be planted. Fold the two products together and fasten them with the clips on the perimeter. Between the layers formed cautiously enter assembly foam, thereby providing buoyancy structure. Big portions of the foam can not be added because it can break the surface.

second method

Furnace filters were similar to normalnot too thick pieces of foam rubber, but it is much tougher. It is possible, maintaining the general meaning structures make it of a different material, which is easier to find

When the foam is dry, it is best to paint the island ingreen, make it look like more natural as possible. It should be a side to fasten the wire to secure a certain position raft in the pond. The wells are planting plants and finished product descends into the water. The wire anchoring or on the beach, or at the bottom.

Option # 3 - an island of plastic foam

The foam will need to cut outhis basis for future flowerbed. More need: coconut mat, needle and strong thread, a little soil. If something of no components for replacement tips, read below.

A third method

The third way is also not difficult. If we want to make a big flower bed, or you can take a thick piece of foam, or several thin, who have joined together

From foam cut out the desired shape with a recessfor seedlings. The preform wrap coconut mat and fix its strong thread so that it is firmly held on the base. You can sheathe its bottom, hidden from the eyes, parts and more in the 6-8 direction. The coconut fiber rub little soil, then plant flowers. Drain the finished product on the water.

Option # 4 - noodle + coir

To make a very small, but quitenice design, need plastic flower hanging pots, noodle (flexible stick for aqua aerobics), coir. Noodle is better to choose a blue or green color. However, if you want to make a raft noticeable, it is possible, on the contrary, to prefer a contrasting color.

The fourth way

With the help of such simple and vivid detail can build a reservoir on his holiday. Let it be colorful, unique and very positive

Hanging elements with the pots have to be removed. Available in the bottom of the opening can be repaired with sealant. Noodle need tightly placed under the edge of the container and fasten it to the left languishing in the pot holes on the suspension parts. Since the product will be good to keep afloat. Noodle, of course, will have to be cut to size.

Coconut fiber wrap the pot with two sidesand moisten with water, so it is swollen. To fix the seedlings should stretch fiber. After filling tank, you can let it in the body of water. To improve the buoyancy, reduce the contents of the pot or add another noodle.

Some general tips for last

If you decide so decorate your garden and pond, take a few practical tips:

  • coconut fiber can be replaced with moss;
  • if you plan to run the island in the pool, several filters for coffee under the seedling roots to help clean up the water coming from the unwanted impurities;
  • Anchor better fix on the pond bottom than on the coast;
  • foam can be replaced by polystyrene, Styrofoam or other foam insulator.

It should also be noted that if your pond fish are found, the soil the plants are not needed: everything you need they will get out of the water.

Large beds

Of course, we have described the options not exhaust the whole variety of possibilities. Just important to understand the general principles of such facilities and can do something different is not worse

This popular idea can be implemented on your site many times. It all depends on the size of the water body. Some static or slowly floating raft in the water is very revive your landscape.

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