Apart from the tranquil sound of running water, the movement and reflections off the water make it an interesting focal point that is forever changing.
Make a start
You don’t have to have an elaborate garden to include a water feature. Why not start with one? This bare corner of grass has been brought to life with a simple pond surrounded by river pebbles. Mound them up at one end to hide the pump and make space for a mini waterfall. Finish off with a variety of different plants to add bright splashes of colour.
Raise it up
Turn your water feature into a sculptural element. A waterfall draws the eye up into the third dimension. Make it worthwhile for visitors by creating interest where the water starts to drop. A stainless steel or copper tray goes well with contemporary styles, while a timber spout adds a touch of Zen to a tropical garden.
The water in your feature doesn’t have to be the star of the show. Use it to add something extra to another striking display. A pair of pots stacked together adds shape and colour to the garden, but by including a fountain, it becomes even better. Set the water flow so it is just enough to trickle over the sides making the sides of the pot seem to shimmer in the sunlight.
Hide and Seek
A water feature doesn’t have to be the star of your garden. This shallow rill hidden among the foliage sends out the sound of running water, intriguing your guests. They’ll be itching to find out where it’s coming from leading them to explore and discover even more of your garden.
Adding pond lights to your water feature makes it change completely come nightfall. Combined with a fountain, the light flickers and dances off the water giving you an awesome light display to go with the calming sounds.