designing a small pond?

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designing a small pond?
We're getting ready to move to a new apartment. We'll be on the first floor with a large patio (5 feet deep, 13 ft long). Don't laugh, but I want a tiny raised pond and garden out there!!! I am super excited, and am designing it as we speak. I figure, against one of the side walls, I'll build a raised garden (about 2 feet raised up), about 8 inches wide, against the entire 5 ft length of the patio wall. directly in front of that I'll build the pond 2 feet wide and almost the length of the patio wall, I want to leave 6 inches or so on each side of the pond for the garden to come around the sides of it. I figure I can use a large rubbermaid tub for the "base" of the pond, and build a stone wall around it. The pond will be 1 and a half- 2 feet deep. In one corner (the one where the sliding glass door is) I want a small waterfall. I hope I've explained this right. I know I will need a filter and a pump for the waterfall.

But, I have a few questions:
1) What will the best plants be to grow AROUND the pond? I'd like them to be pleasing to the eye, and thrive with partial sunlight, maybe some tall grassy looking plants? Bloom is not important or even necessary.
2) What plants should I put IN the pond? We had a pond when I was growing up, and the pond plants were just BEAUTIFUL. However, I dont know what plants will stay small enough for such a tiny pond, and not take over the whole pond.
3) For such a tiny pond, can I use a fish tank filter?

Thanks guys!!!!!!! Please feel free to offer any other suggestions on the design as well. Im so super excited and want all opinions possible so I can make it awesome!!!!

Best answer:

Answer by pondlady
Most aquatic plants are invasive. After all, they are only swamp weeds.
Try some Louisiana irises and dwarf papyrus. Horsetail fern can work as well. Be sure they are in pots and keep them trimmed back. Cut them back at least once a year.
You can plant irises around the pond as well. It makes the pond look bigger. Cannas work both in and out of the pond as well, but can get 4' tall.
Dwarf acorus is a great variegated grass that doesn't misbehave.

I would not use a fish tank filter. Use a foam rubber or lava rock filter. Put your pump in a pot covered with lava rock. Put the lava rock in a bag that you make out of old panty hose.

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