Next, decide on the location of your water garden. Most people prefer to build their gardens close to their homes for easy enjoyment. Water gardens are attractive to wildlife such as birds and butterflies, so try to place the garden where you will be able to sit and enjoy it.
For easier maintenance, try not to place the garden too close to trees – the leaves will fall into it and you will have to clean the debris more often. Leaves will clog filters and pumps and can damage fish and other plant life. In addition, the water will need to be refilled; placing the garden near the water hose makes good sense.
Remember that plants such as water lilies require four to six hours of direct sunlight a day, so base the positioning upon the type of plant life you want to inhabit your garden. Shade is fine for koi gardens and other fish only ponds.