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Choose a Garden Water Features with These Tips

By James DeMers

The new spring is the perfect time to give your garden a makeover. Start planting some new plants and flowers and they’ll have plenty of time to bloom. If you want to give your garden a new look, one of the things you should consider is a water feature. There are many reasons for installing one, and most of them are to make you happy. A water feature can be incredibly relaxing, whether it’s a still pond, a gushing fountain or a trickling waterfall. They can add to the overall landscape of your garden, and lift it out of the ordinary. If you’re thinking about getting one, don’t forget to consider these important factors.

Still or Running Water
Your water feature could have still water, or it could have running water. Deciding between the two means more than just thinking about what they look like. There are maintenance issues with both types of feature. Your still water feature might be a pond, or perhaps a bird bath. One of the major challenges is keeping it clean. With a pond, selecting the right plants and using a filter can help to keep it clean. You might choose to occasionally empty and clean a smaller feature. A running water feature will require you having to hook up a system to keep the water moving.

Contemporary vs. Traditional
There are so many different styles you can choose from when you’re looking at garden fountains. A lot of people like the more traditional ones, which are usually made from stone. They can have intricate designs or be a bit more straightforward. They look fantastic in an English country garden or perhaps a cottage garden. Other people might prefer to have something more modern. You can get some stunning contemporary water features that will look great in any up-to-date garden. They can be made of metal or any material you like. They should look much more at home in a modern garden than any more traditional options.

Elaborate or Simple
Water features can be fancy and elaborate, or they can be more understated and simple. Which one is more suited to your garden is up to you. You might want to start by thinking about size. Perhaps you don’t want anything too big. But then again, you might want something that makes a statement. Your water feature could dominate the garden and draw the eye of anyone who visits your home. You could also place it out of the way in a corner, so you only see it if you go looking for it.
Fish
Another thing to consider is whether you want fish. If you do, your water feature will need to be a certain size. There are also other things to think about, such as feeding your fish and making sure the water is the right environment for them. Most people will choose goldfish or koi carp to keep outside. They can be a great addition to any garden, but you need to consider their purchase carefully.
You have lots of choices if you want to put a water feature in your garden. Think about the theme you’re going for to help you pick the right one.

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13 thoughts on “Choose a Garden Water Features with These Tips

  1. I will share this information with my sister since she said that she will be adding a pond and a water fountain in her backyard next month. It appears that she has decided to have these things on her property because of being inspired with the design that she saw in the magazine that

  2. Of all your suggestions, the natural pond themed fountain is what appealed to me the most, especially since I’m a nature lover. I want to have the relaxing feel of nature in my backyard. However, if ever I will get one, I think I’d prefer choosing a fountain that is solar-powered so it doesn’t consume electric energy. I do plan on having a fountain as soon as I can, so I’ll make sure to keep your suggestions in mind.

  3. I do agree that having good lighting in a water fountain will not only keep people safe from falling into it but would also add to the aesthetics. I’d be sure to do that once we find a suitable design for our water fountain.

  4. Thanks for pointing out that it is important to have lights on the water feature to prevent anyone from getting into an accident when it is dark.

  5. I really appreciate this article listing options and information about each, like a simple, natural Japanese fountain to add the soothing sound of running water to a garden.

  6. I’ve always wanted to add a water feature to my garden, but wasn’t sure what kind would look best. I wasn’t even sure how many different kinds of water features there were.

  7. Your article about water features for water gardens is really helpful. I am planning to give my garden a makeover and add a small pond in it. I see that I will have to consult with a gardener to get recommendations on which water feature to use depending on how large I want my pond to be.

  8. I like how you pointed out that some water features might not be appropriate if you have small children. I’d like a water feature for my backyard, but I can see how something like a pond would be a bad idea since my daughter is only 2. I’ll take your suggestion and look at water fountains as an alternative instead.

  9. Great tips! I always struggle with taking good photos, especially indoors. I love your tip of standing up when taking a photo of food. I can’t believe this never occured to me!! Next time I’m going for lunch (or dinner) I’m going to try this!

  10. My husband and I finally finished landscaping our backyard which means that it’s time to add the water feature we’ve always wanted. We appreciate these helpful tips on choosing a water feature. It’s true that we must consider whether we want a still or running water feature, as well as decide on a contemporary or traditional style. Thanks for sharing!

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