Is there anything more soothing and relaxing than the sound of running water? Or the sight of birds bathing in a pond on a hot summer’s day? Whether your preference is for water walls or wildlife pools, fountains or rills, there is a water feature out there to suit your garden whatever its size.
Written by Wesley Muchimwe | 2nd July 2018
Making a splash in the garden: Wonderful water features
The key to a successful installation is in the planning, so bear in mind the following points and everything is sure to go swimmingly:
- Location: Full exposure to the elements can make it hard to maintain water levels in a pond or water feature. Ideally you want a sheltered site, out of direct sunlight.
- Power: You’ll need electricity which combined with the water aspect makes the installation a job for a skilled tradesperson. Alternatively, opt for a solar powered feature.
- Ponds are unbeatable for attracting new wildlife to your garden. Add floating plants like water lilies and a wooden ramp, or rocks, to allow any creatures that fall in to climb back out again. For crystal clear water you will need a filtration system, unless the pool is small enough to drain and refill every few months.
- If you want Koi carp, bear in mind they do need a large pond with good filtration. They also live for around 50 years if they’re not taken by a visiting heron. It’s not uncommon for ducks to introduce them to ponds by having their eggs on their feet.
- Rills: Essentially a very thin canal as narrow as six inches and rarely more than a couple of feet wide, garden designers often install a rill down the centre of a path or lawn to create real impact in a garden.
- Bubbling millstones have the royal seal of approval: Prince Charles has one on his terrace at Highgrove. You can buy them in kit form, a metre-diameter stone with a central fountain jet that sits on a grating over a tank.
- Numerous online companies sell water features. From Haddonstone’s traditional stone fountains to the contemporary metal designs by David Harber there is a perfect design for every garden and budget.
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