Here are photos of my water gardens from 2016. I did have electric pumps in several of them, which provided, moving water, which I love. But that is hard to do on my patio due to the lack of electrical outlets.
An alternative is to use solar fountains, but of course that only works when it’s sunny.
Moving water will discourage mosquitoes from breeding in the water. If you don’t have moving water, you can also add fish to your water garden to eat mosquito larvae.
Or you can add mosquito dunks that kill mosquito larvae. From what I’ve read, Mosquito Dunks are safe to use around people, pets, birds, wildlife and fish. But I want to check into this more before I decide to try it.
I also had a butterfly and bee bath that I created with a small galvanized container, water and flat marbles.
Below are two water gardens that I found online for inspiration. You can find lots of ideas on Pinterest.
Below are aquatic plants you might look for at your nursery for your water garden. You will want marginal plants as well as floating plants.
If you want to add fish to your water garden, the above fish are the ones you should look for. I’m still on the fence about the fish because I don’t know if the galvanized container might get too hot for the fish. Then what do you do with the fish during the winter?
Mosquito fish are about an inch long and look similar to a guppy. A large female gambusia is capable of consuming over two hundred mosquito larvae in one hour. They are aggressive fish and they will begin to attack the larvae when they are only a couple of hours old.
If you decide to add fish, wait 2-3 days after setting up your water garden so that the chlorine in the water has evaporated.
Plant placement and management is key in mosquito control. Keep terrestrial plants from hanging over into the water to diminish shelter for breeding mosquitoes. Terrestrial plants are those plants which grow on land.
You can create any size water container garden. Whatever suits your fancy. I like to use the galvanized containers because it is a decent size for various aquatic plants to thrive.
Are you considering adding a water container garden to your gardening space?