7 Types of Water Feature for Your Garden
The best garden designs have features or focal points that create interest and draw the eye.
A great way to add a focal point to any garden, large or small, is through a water feature.
Not only do water features look amazing, but they can also help to create a more relaxing environment.
The sound of water has always been incredibly relaxing and there is a good reason why many relaxation soundtracks feature the sound of water.
It is also a great way to add value to your property and even help attract more wildlife to your garden – they will often use garden water features as sources of food and water.
The first thing that springs to mind when people think ‘water feature’ is a pond.
And, although many types of water feature do revolve around a pond or some form of reservoir, there are plenty of other options to create a water feature that don’t involve a pond in the traditional sense.
In this article, we’re looking at some of the different types of water feature currently available in the marketplace to help inspire you into creating your own garden water feature.
The most common type of garden water feature is, of course, the humble pond.
There are many reasons why ponds are so popular among gardeners.
For most of us, there is nothing quite like relaxing beside our very own garden pond, listening to the sound of trickling water to help us unwind.
Ponds, of course, are not just enjoyed by humans; they are also great for encouraging more wildlife into your garden.
Local birds, toads, frogs, newts and insects will all be drawn to your pond and will happily use it as a source of food and water, as well as a breeding ground.
Ponds are perfect for fish lovers, too, who can fill their ponds with brightly coloured koi carp and enjoy watching them and feeding them.
Fountains, pumps and rockeries can all be added to ponds to create additional features – they allow you to make your pond truly unique.
Ponds are relatively easy to install and there are several methods you can use to build a garden pond. However, a typical installation involves an excavation of the required size and depth, followed by putting in a specialist pond liner, which can be secured around the edges using rocks or paving slabs.
You can also use a preformed pond made from either fibreglass or plastic.
Installing a pond will help to keep the water full of oxygen, too.
Garden ponds are a great way to introduce some water into your garden. However, be cautious if you have pets or young children, and make sure you remove any potential risk of them falling in, otherwise, this type of water feature may be best avoided.
In recent times, water blades have become very popular types of water features, particularly in contemporary gardens.
As the name suggests, a water blade features a metallic blade that alters the flow of water to form a continuous curtain of water which cascades like a waterfall into some form of pond or reservoir.
It is also possible to introduce LED light kits to illuminate the blade of water at night-time, creating a truly spectacular water feature.
Water blades are typically built into brick walls, so if you are considering a water blade, it’s not always the cheapest option and you may need professional help to construct the wall.
However, there’s no doubt about it, in the right setting, water blades can look absolutely stunning and create a show-stopping feature that is sure to impress your family and friends.
If you have young children or pets, choosing the right type of water feature can be difficult.
Clearly, you don’t want there to be any risk of drowning and this can make finding the perfect type of water feature tricky.
Enter pond-less waterfalls.
Pond-less waterfalls are constructed predominately from rocks and pebbles to create a waterfall and stream.
Water is pumped to the top of the waterfall and it gradually trickles its way down through the rocks to the bottom, from where it is pumped right back to the top to do it all again.
Because there is no pool of water, a pond-less waterfall is the perfect choice if you are concerned about the potential for children or pets drowning.
However, depending upon the size, pond-less waterfalls can be expensive to build. You’ll need plenty of rocks to build the waterfall, along with a heavy-duty pump capable of pumping water back to the top.
Professional help may be required to build such a water feature.
However, once built, you’ll have a truly unique water feature that is also child- and pet-friendly.
If you have a larger garden, then why not consider installing an artificial stream?
Streams are ideal for meandering along paths and walkways to create stunning features.
They are constructed in much the same way as ponds but, of course, on a bigger scale.
You can incorporate rocks and plants to give your artificial stream the impression that it has been created by nature.
You’ll need deep pockets for this option, though, as building your very own artificial stream is probably the most expensive option on our list.
Rills are similar in appearance to streams, but rather than having a natural look, rills are eye-catching water features that channel water in a straight line.
Rills are often shallow and narrow, and are used in garden design to lead the eye towards another feature in the garden. They can also be used to channel water into a pool or pond area.
Again, rills are certainly for those with larger budgets, but if you are looking to achieve a contemporary modern look to your garden, then look no further than installing your very own rill.
Buying your very own fountain is the perfect choice for those who want to incorporate water into their gardens but are short on space.
You can, of course, add fountains to ponds and pools, but you can also buy fountains that are self-contained, meaning you don’t need much space.
They come in an almost limitless variety of styles and shapes, so there is something to suit every garden and budget, too.
Fountains are great options if you want to hear the sound of splashing or tumbling water in your garden.
As the name suggests, drilled rocks are exactly that: rocks that have had holes drilled in them and been fitted with a pump, which will gently spout water out of the top of the rock, which then runs down the side of the rock and into a reservoir.
They are many different types of drilled rock water feature available to suit all types of garden.
From limestone to slate, sandstone to man-made concrete, there is lots to choose from when it comes to drilled rock water features.
What’s more, if you go for a natural rock, then you can be sure that your water feature is truly unique and nobody else will have one quite like yours.
Water features make fantastic additions to any garden, regardless of size.
There are so many benefits to having a water feature, it’s little wonder that they are so sought after.
Of course, some types of water feature require larger budgets and more expertise than others, but even with limited space and a small budget, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have some form of water feature in your garden.
We hope that this guide has helped you learn about some of the options you have when it comes to garden water features and has perhaps even inspired you to get creative and build your very own water feature.
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