Ben Harris Gardens specialise in creating beautiful ornamental garden ponds.
My garden ponds are beautiful, natural aquascapes – there is no concrete or bricks, and no sign of power leads, pipes, pumps … no visible ‘construction’ at all. All you see in your pond is water, rocks, pebbles and plants.
I waterproof my ponds with a thick rubber liner, giving me the flexibility, if necessary, to change the design as I go. Gone are the days where a rock had to be concreted in – when, if you didn’t like it … well, bad luck! This flexibility allows me to create natural ponds that appear to have been there forever.
As well as looking totally natural, the way I build my garden ponds and the products I use makes them easier to maintain. There’s no more fishing your pump out from the middle of the pond to clear the filter!
I build ecosystem ponds, which mimic the ecological processes of natural water bodies with several key components: rocks and pebbles, plants, fish, oxygenation and filtration using beneficial bacteria.
Each garden pond I build has a waterfall or stream surrounded by rocks, pebbles and, of course, plants. A skimmer filters out leaves and debris that would clog a normal pond pump, providing easy access to the plumbing while hiding it from view.
But the workhorses of the ecosystem pond are the beneficial bacteria. They create a biological filter that breaks down fish waste and other matter into nutrients that the plants in the pond can use for their own growth.
Of course, there are some who would prefer the look and sound of running water, but without the large ornamental garden pond to go with it. I have the perfect solution for that – pondless streams.
Gallery of garden ponds
Just some of the garden ponds designed and constructed by Ben Harris Gardens.