For the last two years I have been working off and on in this garden. It is still a work in progress. One of the best things about this garden is the little pond we installed. It is designed to appear as if it extends under the low deck, or as if the deck is cantilevered over the pond. It brings the sound of running water, and the sights of fishes flashing in the shadows right up to where people are sitting on the deck.
If you are considering building a garden pond, planning is super important -- location, location location! You can go to alot of trouble and expense to build a pond, and if it is off in an unused corner of your back yard, or right next to the front door (when you never hang out there) you won't be able to enjoyt the benefits of the pond as often as if you locate it close to your favorite hangout. In this case, that meant close to the deck and patio.
Other Links to pond design and how-to:
Audobon Backyard article on wildlife ponds
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Backyard Ponds
Another Audubon Backyard article on a low-cost watergarden to attract wildlife
I'll update this post as the garden progresses further. Please check back