After you have chosen a location for the sort of pond that you want to create, if you’re developing a design that’s affecting the full landscape of your backyard (could be side yard or wherever) and will require adding or removing new plants and other structures, then you should create a site program. If you need a yard with an easy, elegant appearance, an Oriental landscape design might be the ideal fit. At some point before you start the plan, you must check with any regional codes to see whether there are any restrictions on how far a pond can be set back from property lines.