From the grand water features of European stately homes, to the quiet ponds of Japanese zen gardens, water features have been staples of garden landscaping since time immemorial. Water brings with it a calmness and tranquillity which will flow through the rest of the garden, and done correctly there is no better way to welcome wildlife into your garden than with a pond. Even in the smallest of garden’s it is possible to install some kind of water feature.
Whether you opt for an elegant kempt pond with large coy carp bumbling about beneath the lily pads which float upon the shimmering surface, or a wilder, natural-appearing pond with various shrubs sprouting out of it. Whichever you decide, there is no better way to welcome wildlife into your garden. A pond brings an entirely new eco-system to your garden and with it will come dragonfly’s and butterfly’s fluttering atop, tadpoles bubbling under, while frogs watch from the water’s edge and in the shallow areas you’ll even find birds bathing.
There’s a huge amount of things you can do with ponds, from split level designs connected by a mini waterfall or weir to hidden fountains that spout water up periodically, making a pond a great way to add some unique features to your outside area. To appreciate your pond’s beauty around the clock (and to reduce the chances of someone falling in!) think about lighting – consider using below surface lights to give your pond an ethereal glow in the evenings.
Water-plants tend to do their best in areas that receive a high amount of sunshine, which may influence your decision on placement. However, ponds are robust enough to work well in most areas of the garden, although you may wish to avoid installing one in a location where a large amount of leaves are likely to fall as you may be giving yourself unnecessary maintenance work come Autumn. To find the best size, shape and place to build a pond in your garden it’s best to consult an expert gardener.
Other water features
If you feel your garden is too small to install a pond, or if you have young children and are worried that a pond could be too dangerous for them, then don’t worry because there’s a wide range of standalone water features that will allow you to achieve a similar effect. Many of which take up next to no room, and are fast to install too!
Contemporary options include impressive and visually-boggling water-walls where a perpetual stream of water cascades down the smooth wall and seamlessly disappears into the ground, you can even install these products in conservatories and other outside areas, to bring a bit of the outside in.
If you prefer a more traditional style, then it’s possible to purchase stone fountains in just about any conceivable classical style to add some classical elegance to your lawn.
If you have no shortage of space of in your garden, but were concerned about having a large open body of water, then consider having a rockery constructed with a subtle waterfall trickling down it’s different levels.