Since we live on a limestone hill I decided not to try digging a fish pond right away. Instead I thought our tiny patio could use a container water garden.
I found the urn at my latest trip to Hill Country Water Gardens.
It was the right size for my patio, but too big to fit in my car, so they delivered it the next day. I chose a small, pink-flowering water lily, variegated rush, pickeral and parrot's feather. You can see the fish food flakes on the water my son tried to feed the goldfish this morning.
The bottom of the urn is relatively small. Instead of stacking bricks for the marginal plants to sit on we fashioned wire hangers to keep them at the right height.
We also have a couple of small birdbaths in the back yard. This hanging dish is one of my favorites, though I'm not sure if the birds like it as well as I do.
Of coures, if you want to see beautiful water gardens you must visit Zilker Park's Isamu Taniguchi Oriental Garden in Austin: