Patio Gardens, Tub, & Container Gardens
A tub garden is easy to build and is a great addition for a
deck or sun porch. Just about any container that holds water
can be made into a tub garden. A small container of only a gallon
or two may be suitable for one plant. If you use a 20-gallon
or larger container you can even add a few goldfish. Allow about
ten gallons of water per goldfish.
A tub garden need not be filtered or circulated unless you
want several fish or the sound of moving water. A small pump
and a small fountain
head sized for this pump will make a nice fountain display.
You can even grow a water lily in a small container unless you
are planning a fountain, as water lilies do not like having
water sprayed on their leaves all the time.
Begin by selecting a container that you like. A container only
a few inches deep will work for some plants. If you want fish
or water lilies in your tub garden, look for a container at
least twelve inches deep.
Be sure to place the container where you will see it often.
Water is heavy and you most likely will not be moving the tub
garden around once the water is added.
Select an area with at least four or five hours of direct sun
if you want to grow a water lily or other flowering plant. However,
some protection from the late afternoon sun will be desirable
for your container garden.
You can grow floating aquatic plants in a shallow container
of water. In a deeper container pot your plants just as if you
were placing them in a full sized pond. Shallow water plants
can be elevated on bricks or other suitable support. Water lilies
and other deep-water aquatics should be in a pot on the bottom
of the container. When selecting plants for your tub garden
consider the size. There are small and large water lilies. The
water lilies on our web site are rated by the size of the leaf
spread. A small spread should be chosen for most tub gardens.
Be sure to add two or three bunches of Anacharis
for every ten or fifteen gallons of water to keep the water
Other than replacing water that evaporates, fertilizing
and trimming your plants there is little maintenance involved.
Unless you live in an area where the winter temperatures do
not drop below freezing you will need to dismantle your tub
garden or take it inside for the winter.
Please Note: The Tubs shown in the photos are too
large for shipping.