Types of ponds

Discover everything for the perfect pond: from construction to design and maintenance. We offer expert advice for a self-regulating and biologically balanced pond. From a swimming pond to sleek mirror pond: select your type of pond or choose by water content if your pond is not listed.

Building a swimming pond in your garden

Swimming pond

Mirror Pond

Mirror Pond

Constructing a koi pond in your garden

Koi pond

Plant filter

Plant filter

Mini pond

Mini pond

< 500 liter

Small pond

Small pond

500 - 10,000 liters

Large pond

Large pond

10,000 - 100,000 liters

Natural pond construction

Mega pond

> 100,000 liters

Simon van der Velde

Since 1986, we have been the bridge between pure nature and your garden. With a focus on natural beauty, we provide not only hardy pond plants with 100% growth and flowering guarantee, but also expert advice for a maintenance-free pond. Whether you are looking for ecological pond supplies or a complete planting plan, with us you will find everything for a natural pond.

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Frequently asked questions about ponds

Pond Advice
  • Terrace pond/mini pond: Suitable for small spaces such as balconies.
  • Organic plant pond: Promotes biodiversity and is self-sustaining.
  • Pond: Combines swimming fun with a natural ecosystem.
  • Koi pond: Specifically for colorful Koi fish.
  • Nature pond: Let nature take its course without pond liner.
  • Mirror Pond: Reflects the surroundings with a sleek design.
  • Small pond: With a capacity of less than 10,000 liters.

Preferably choose a location that receives 4-6 hours of sunlight daily. Do not place the pond next to trees that lose a lot of leaves. As for size, there are numerous options. A larger and deeper pond has the advantage that the water does not heat up as quickly, giving algae less chance to grow. However, it is essential to also have shallow areas in the pond for oxygen and other aquatic plants, since many species cannot grow deeper than 20 cm.

For a plant pond, whether you have fish or not, it is advisable to have a depth of at least 80 cm. However, 100 cm is optimal. This advice also applies to smaller ponds. With insufficient depth, fish risk freezing and the water can heat up faster, which promotes algae growth.

> Discover Simon's pond decorating 6 step plan

To create a small or large pond, first dig a hole with different depths for various pond plants. Then cover the pond with pond liner, place a layer of pond substrate on the bottom and add the desired pond plants. For detailed tips and tricks, consult Simon's guide to building a pond.

> Read more about building a pond here

An organic plant pond with sufficient plants and bacteria requires minimal maintenance. However, the presence of fish, nearby trees and the number of plants can affect maintenance requirements.

> Read all about pond maintenance here

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For a sparkling, natural pond, you need the right products and advice. Here you will discover all about pond construction and an appropriate planting plan. And good news: with the right approach, a pond pump, filter or water improvers such as KH and GH are often unnecessary. We offer only hardy pond plants and the essential supplies for a biologically balanced and low-maintenance pond.

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Our pond shop is here for everyone. Whether you dream of a natural pond, swimming pond, biological pond or a koi pond in your garden. Thanks to the right substrate and the perfect pond plants, you don't need an expensive pump or filters. In our pond webshop you will find all products for a balanced, maintenance-free pond. With years of experience as an aquatic plant grower, Simon van der Velde has the knowledge for the perfect pond. His book, full of tips and tricks on pond construction, is an indispensable guide. In addition to this knowledge, our webshop offers all the plants and materials for a pond that shines all year round.

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Buy your pond plants hassle-free online. Our plants come directly from our nursery and are dry packed versendet. This way they only start growing when they are in your pond. Our knowledge and experience have made us not only the top pond plants webshop in the Netherlands, but also within the whole of Europe. We have already advised many satisfied customers and companies in various countries, from small ponds to grandiose water features.

Garden pond

A garden pond makes any garden cozy and special. It is not only beautiful to look at, but also has many different plants and animals. Whether you like frogs, butterflies or the sound of water, here you will find everything you need to know to make your own pond. Not only is it a place with water and plants, but it also attracts many animals such as butterflies and dragonflies. A pond in the garden makes you feel closer to nature. The price depends on how big the pond is, what it looks like and what you want to include. But remember: you are paying not only for making the pond, but also for maintenance and extra stuff. Choose natural balance rather than machinery. With the right furnishings and plants, you can completely replace machinery and provide a nice place for the animals in the pond.

Types of ponds to consider

  • Organic Plant Pond: Ideal for gardeners who enjoy aquatic plants.
  • Swimming pond: A pond for swimming; combines the functions of a swimming pool with those of a garden pond.
  • Koi pond: Especially for lovers of these graceful fish.
  • Natural Pond: A pond that mimics the natural landscape and requires minimal human intervention.
  • Mini pond: Perfect for those with limited space but still want to enjoy a pond.

Garden pond construction & landscaping in 10 steps

  1. Determine the location: Ideally a spot with 4-6 hours of sunlight per day.
  2. Plan your pond: Draw a plan with zones for plants.
  3. Dig and line: Check the groundwater level before you start digging and make sure you have a sturdy pond liner.
  4. Choose the right plants: Plants serve as natural filters and add aesthetic value.
  5. Pond substrate: Forms the base of your pond and aids in filtration.
  6. Oxygen Plants: Crucial to maintaining a healthy pond environment.
  7. Water lilies: Add beauty and provide shade.
  8. Aquatic plants: Help filter and purify water.
  9. Sumpfpflanzen: Purify water by absorbing waste products.
  10. Pond Bacteria: Support a healthy pond ecosystem.

With this guide, you'll be ready to build your own natural garden pond and enjoy the peace and beauty it brings.

Creating a natural pond

You create a natural pond by adding some essential ingredients: Different types of aquatic plants, substrate, pond bacteria. For a natural pond you do NOT use mechanical equipment such as pumps and filters, but rely on the power of nature.

Build your own pond

Building your own pond gives a lot of freedom because you can decide on the shape, size and depth. Building a pond is quite a process, so it is important that you think out carefully how you are going to go about it. Need a helping hand? Order Simons pond advice Book or ask a question via customer service!

Small garden pond

A small garden pond offers a peaceful oasis in your garden, with water lilies gently floating on the surface of the water. The gentle lapping of water creates a soothing atmosphere, while goldfish and frogs add a lively dynamic. This pond becomes a natural habitat that not only brings beauty, but also attracts local wildlife.

Constructing a small pond

To build a small, natural garden pond, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Location: Select a spot with adequate sunlight and away from trees to avoid leaf fall.
  2. Dig the Pond: Dig a hole with different depth levels for various aquatic plants and animals.
  3. Pond Liner Application: Cover the hole with a sturdy pond liner to hold the water.
  4. Water and Plants: Fill the pond with water and add aquatic plants such as water lilies and reeds.
  5. Natural Balance: Allow the pond to develop naturally without chemical additives, use only substrate, ample aquatic plants and pond bacteria to achieve biological balance.

Garden pond design

A lot is possible in the design of a garden pond. If you build the pond yourself, you can let your imagination run free and determine the size, depth and shape. In this way you can make your pond truly unique!
Tips, advice and substantial savings
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Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.