Whilst searching through some old photos the other day I came across these. I remember being fascinated by the project at the time but I’m afraid I don’t remember the name of the gentleman who created this – nor where he lived.

An unusual use for Enviromat Sedum Matting

This gentleman used Enviromat sedum matting to…

a) Upcycle a discarded plastic pond and

b) Create a relaxing Japanese style zen garden that would be easy to manage.

As I remember, this chap had recently moved into a new home and the previous owners had left two pre-formed plastic ponds in the garden.

Not wanting the expense or the waste of taking the ponds to the local landfill site (they were too big to fit into his car). Our man decided to reuse them in the low maintenance garden he was planning.

He’d seen Enviromat featured in a gardening magazine and phoned the Company to find out if and how his plan would work.

Why choose Enviromat?

As Enviromat is drought tolerant and needs very little growing medium to support it. I suspected that the project would work well. The garden was sunny, there were no children to climb on the mounds and although the garden owner wanted a low maintenance garden, he was willing to water the sedum plants in dry weather.

How the garden was built

The ponds were placed upside down, covered with a double layer of water retention matting. Then Enviromat sedum matting was draped over them. It was fixed at the bottom so that it couldn’t blow away.

I really liked the results. This idea could be used in all sorts of situations. On a roof garden for example. Or maybe in a tiny front garden (provided it gets plenty of sunshine)

There is a lot of symbolism around Japanese gardens. Too much to go into in a single blogpost. But whether you consider this to be Japanese or not – it’s a great piece of garden design and construction.

During construction. The lawn and shrubs have been removed. The two ponds have been turned upside down. Bricks and rubble have been used to soften any sharp angles as the Enviromat sedum matting can only be moulded to soft shapes – it cannot bend to fit sharp angles.

Planting is almost complete and the garden is beginning to make sense. The Enviromat had only recently been unrolled when this picture was taken and the plants have yet to recover from their journey.

japanese style low maintenance garden

How beautiful is this? And what a transformation! I love it. So tranquil, tidy and easy to maintain.