The biggest mistake I see most pond companies make is building a water feature that is it’s own entity. To make a water garden look natural, you must landscape around the pond, and pull the pond into the landscape design.
What does that mean? In other words, you need to install plants around the perimeter that grow in a bog situation inside the pond, and that same plant needs to grow in the soil outside the pond liner.
This concept is one of many that allows us to create more natural looking water features. This design technique hides any sense of the pond’s edge, therefore the water feature has no visible contained space, it blends into the environment.