Water features turn an ordinary backyard into a garden oasis. They create music to the ears, add visual interest and have a cooling effect in the heat of the summer.
When choosing and planning your water feature, stick to similar design elements, finding inspiration from other sources in your garden.
1. Terra cotta stack. A stacked terra cotta pot fountain is a great use for old terra cotta pots and super easy to make. Place one anywhere you’d like to enjoy the relaxing sound of trickling water.
2. Formal focal point. Create a dramatic focal point at an entrance or define borders with a large, eye-catching container. Turn it into a bubbling fountain with a simple fountain kit and recirculate the water.
3. In-ground pond. A pond adds tranquility and reflection to the landscape. Elements such as a waterfall and lights add to the ambiance. Ponds can be a home to many species of fish, turtles and frogs, plus an array of plants and flowers.
4. Pond in a pot. No room for a pond? Fill a shallow container with aquatic plants and water to create a pond in a pot. Let nature do the rest.
5. Let it rain. A simple but beautiful way to capitalize on the rain is to add a rain chain to your downspouts. Place a large container that fits your style at the end of the rain chain. When it rains, water will cascade down the chain and into the pot.
6. Bubbling bed. Make a bubbling stream by stacking different sizes, shapes and colors of rocks and boulders on top of one another. Run tubing through the stones to create a stream effect, or install a fountain at the center. Line the outside of the bed with drought-tolerant plants.
7. Bird baths. Bird baths are an entertaining feature to add to the yard, but why settle for a garden-variety bath when you could have a fountain, too? Simply add a fountain kit to create something great for the birds and for you.