A pond that I planted with all sorts of stuff that I collected from marsh, swamp and road side ditches. The Cypress trees were one year old bare root seedlings from the State Ag dept. sale. I dug a few Pond Cypress locally. They grow pretty fast. The water shield (dollar lilly) is an uninvited guest that I need to spray. Tons of other plants that I put but I wont bore y'all with that.
No gators yet. We are miles away from any substantial creeks; although one of my neighbors got one last year about 6 foot. Pretty amazing.