Build your own island! A unique and very low-maintenance option for a beautiful garden, floating “Islandscapes” use sod and flowers to create miniature islands in ponds, streams and placid rivers. Not only are these little islands pretty and easy to care for, but they will serve as a refuge for wildlife species and contribute to the general health of your surrounding ecosystem.
To construct a floating island garden, purchase an Islandscape or similar product, and cover it with ordinary turf. Seed or plant it with wetland plants and hardy wildflowers such as daisies, lilies and baby’s breath, and set the island adrift. Only the most minimal care may be needed, as while the island can be tied to a line and pulled in for watering or fertilizing, it will also grab needed nutrients from the surrounding water. The benefits to Islandscapes are numerous. A solution to the murky, clouded water often found in shallow ponds or placid streams, the islands act as a biofiltration system that attracts solids and improves water quality. And since the islands are more isolated than most waterfront areas, they become a safe haven for ducks, geese and other waterfowl.
Particularly suited for garden enthusiasts to create on their island or vacation properties that are used seasonally, no watering or maintenance is generally required. The use of tough perennial flowers and plants will also ensure that your Islandscapes will naturally regenerate each year, greeting you with gorgeous blooming flowers when you return to your island in warm weather.