Add a splash of fun with some water gardening. You don’t need a pond. Any watertight container can be filled with water plants and several fish. I use shubunkins in the patio pond. They are hardy, colorful and eat larvae.
All ponds need shade. Don’t have a fish fry on your patio. Add plants to shade the water. These can be floaters like duckweed, water hyacinth, parrot’s feather and water lettuce. Also potted plants with height add dimension and shade. Little Tut and smaller water lilies are good for smaller ponds.
Once you are hooked, you will be grabbing a shovel and digging up your yard.
My son put his pond under his bedroom window. He can check on it from his desk. The downside of having a pond under your bedroom window is when the frogs are “a wooing”, there is a cacophony of mating calls. I find the call of the Peeper especially irritating. It’s like adding nails on a chalkboard to a symphony.
Follow the Flower!