Fabulous Features That Bring Watery Wow to Your Garden
Splash out on a water feature and inject some stylish ebb and flow into your outdoor space
You do not actually need acres of land or a Versailles-style garden to fit in a waterfall. Instead of sending up jets of water, today’s modern designs allow it to cascade down a wall, and take up very little square footage. The feature can be made from reflective metal, such as stainless steel, or something more subtle, such as muted copper, to show off the flowing water beautifully.
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If you steer clear of splashy jets or bubbling waterfalls and instead create a large, simple pool, the still water will beautifully reflect the sky and trees nearby, and act like a living artwork.
Gazing at fish swimming around is a soothing way to spend 10 minutes, so rather than tucking your fish pond away at the back of the garden, install it next to the house. This neat little pond butts right up to the back of this home, so that when the doors are folded back, it feels like part of the interior. A decked walkway leads you on into the garden beyond.
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If space allows, be ambitious with your water feature, dropping it down levels, bisecting it with walkways and introducing small falls and weirs so you can hear the water flowing. Imagine a shallow stream tumbling over rocks and bending around meanders and use this as your model.
Be inspired by the pared-back simplicity of Japanese gardens and create a minimalist water feature. Here, a single spout produces a clear jet of water, while lighting illuminates the pool and bamboo, so this soothing space can be enjoyed after dark, too.
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Urban plots often suffer from being boring and linear, but you can create movement and interest with a curvy water feature. The soft lines of this design bring a wonderful wiggle to the garden, and encourage you to wander through it, following the course of the water.
Creating a simple linear water feature that follows the shape of the house means the property will be neatly reflected in its surface. The sharp lines of this modernist house are found as a mirror image in the architectural pool that flanks the terrace.
To enjoy your water feature 24/7 and prevent it from disappearing into the twilight, install underwater lights to illuminate it at night and send up a soft glow.
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We often position armchairs around a fireplace or coffee table in our living space. Outside, adopt the same idea, installing your water feature as a focal point around which garden chairs can be pulled up.