Container Water Gardens
Yearning for the soothing sounds of a water garden, but don't think you have the space? Container Water Gardens, by Philip Swindells (Storey Books, 1998; $22.95), provides simple, step-by-step instructions with photographs so you can create low-maintenance water features for small landscapes, yards, decks, balconies, and even indoors. An illustrated plant directory features more than 90 plants to grow in your container water garden.
Favorite or New Plant
If you have limited space but want a relatively small ornamental tree, plant goldenrain tree (Koelreuteria paniculata). It grows from 18 to 20 feet with an equal spread. Once established, this tree tolerates drought periods quite well. Too much water tends to promote weak wood and more susceptibility to storm damage. It blooms with attractive bright yellow flower clusters in summer. Later, clusters of oriental lantern-like seed capsules appear for fall decoration.