You look out your kitchen window into your backyard and although it’s nice, it is not exactly amazing. It’s missing a little something-something to give it that extra special look. But what could it be missing? A garden pond – that’s what!
A backyard pond can add so much interest and value to a yard. It gives local critters like frogs and dragonflies a place to meet-up and hang-out as well as big critters, like humans! It adds a calming, relaxing, and zen feeling to a garden. And not only all of that, but it’s also aesthetically beautiful.
Going about designing a pond, however, can be a daunting task. Luckily, there are plenty of designs that have already been tested and made that can inspire us with our own. From ponds as small as puddles to larger ones that take up the entire yard! No matter the budget or space you have available, you can be sure to find a pond design in this curated list that will excite you enough to want to get started right away!
Inspiring Backyard Pond Ideas
By using flat flagstone rocks to border your pond you can create a natural look.
2. Raised Bed
Put your pond in your own handmade raised bed to make maintenance easier on the back.
3. Steps Away
Just steps away from your patio or back door you can design a gorgeous and lush fish pond.
Add a waterfall to create some movement and zen in your new backyard fish pond.
5. DIY Corner Pond
Flare-up a boring corner area around your house with a cool DIY pond project.
6. Bright Flora
The plants you choose to have around your pond can make all the difference! Look how gorgeous those pink flowers are!
I’m really loving the matching circular plant border around the simply circular pond.
8. Pond Table
Is it a table turned into a pond or a pond turned into a table? Well, whatever it is, it’s so neat!
A wonderfully clever idea of how to use something old and turn it into something completely new!
10. Pond with a View
A large gorgeous pond reflecting your proud home in its calm waters.
11. Koi Pond
Koi are wonderful fish to watch as you forget your problems and enjoy the current calming moment.
12. Galvanized Tank
Here a galvanized steel stock tank has been recycled into becoming a centerpiece pond in an outdoor area.
13. Floating Pond Island
A small floating island drifting calmly along the still waters bringing a touch of color.
This pond looks like it could be found in a royal courtyard with its elegant design and focus on the fountain.
15. Part of the Landscape
Design your pond to look like it was always there amongst the tall trees and crowded green plants.
16. Froggy Friend
I’m in love with this froggy friend overlooking the pond and keeping you company as you sit to relax.
17. Bigger the Better
Sometimes size can really make a difference. This pond is on a larger scale with a tall rock waterfall.
Add a fountain to your pond so you can listen to the soothing sound of running water as you look upon the calm waters.
19. Water Wheel
A lovely feature to add to your garden pond could be a rustic looking water wheel.
20. Sloping Stream
A beautiful design with varying heights, levels, plants, and colors! Very impressive and well thought through.
21. Small but Sweet
A pond doesn’t have to be large to make a statement! Go for something small but sweet.
Add a beautiful water feature such as a small rectangular pond in your courtyard to pass by as you go for a stroll.
23. Zen River Pond
This backyard garden design has all the peaceful zen elements you could want; including a river pond.
24. Heart Shaped
A heart-shaped design that also has access to enter so you can take a dip and cool off.
25. Crystal Clear
Crystal clear waters make it tempting to take off your shoes and soak your feet!
26. Green Theme
This garden pond kept the surrounding plant life in the tones of green and left the colorful flowers for another part of the backyard.
27. Waterfalls Galore
Various waterfalls not only look nice but create flow and movement in the water.
28. Swimming Pond
This lovely pond is also a natural swimming pool using plant life to keep the water clean.
29. Pond Cover
Protect your new pond from the elements by getting a custom made pond cover.
Create a semi-shaded area near your pond where you can enjoy it’s calming features and watch the koi fish play.
31. Green Wall
I’m completely charmed by the living green wall and magical fountains.
A pond doesn’t have to be the main feature of the garden. Instead, it can be just a small addition amongst your flowers.
33. In View
Got a room with a view? Make that view worth it with a totally zen and relaxing koi pond just outside.
34. Feng Shui
Another stunning design for a pond following the principles of feng shui.
Large lilypads make an awesome statement and are a wonderful resting spot for passing frogs!
Fit for a manor, this pond takes over where an empty area may be in the courtyard.
37. Under The Stairs
Get creative with where you want to place your pond. Maybe you need to clean up that spot under the stairs to the basement!
Vibrant colors, smooth rocks, blooming flowers, this pond is a whimsical delight!
39. Long and Large
A large design that is bigger in length than width to fit nicely into a yard.
40. Floating Path
A delicate rock walking path over your dark and beautiful pond connecting two parts of your yard.
41. Island Deck
What if your pond was large enough that you could put your sunbathing patio in the middle of it?
A modern concrete fish pond that has been raised with a small edge for sitting.
Don’t have a backyard? No worries! A back balcony works too to make your own zen fish pond!
44. Part of the Deck
A pond can be as small as a puddle and still be just as gorgeous and wow-worthy!
46. Scrap Decor
Using driftwood and scrap materials make for a wonderful and whimsical vibe to a pond area.
47. Big and Small
A little pond next to a big pond for a bit of variation and dynamics.
Don’t be afraid to get elaborate on your pond design. Use fountains, waterfalls, and antiquities.
Geometrical shapes and charming fountains surrounded by lush plants is one way to design your pond!
50. Pond in a Pot
A mini pond in a pot that will surely be an appreciated home for passing frogs.