Our total cost was around $125.00 (including taxes and shipping charges where applicable), but it could have been done for less.
Solar pump with fountain $32.95
35 gallon plastic pond $32.75
(Both of these items were purchased via web stores)
Japanese willow tree 32.05
Annuals (48) $10.00
Mulch (5 bags) $15.00
The entire project took around 5 hours to complete - and we now have a small, bird and frog friendly habitat in our backyard!
The two up-close fountain photos were taken Jan 4, 2013.
Step 1: Choose the right Spot
Step 2: Plant a Tree
We chose to plant a Dappled Willow tree http://www.midwestgardentips.com/hakuro-nishiki_dappled_willow.html, as we'd done in our garden back home. In our experience this is a hardy, beautiful tree, providing great color and cover in season, and a lovely silhouette in the winter. And they're the right size in both height and width (something you need to seriously consider when planting near structures). You will want to keep them trimmed up, or they'll get that 'Albert Einsten hair' look about them.