Water in the garden attracts attention. Whether you want to add a tiny fountain or large pond, you’ll find inspiration in these ideas to get you started.
Water Garden Getaway
A beautifully weathered pergola is the perfect vantage point for taking in views of your pond. In a large water feature, fish, birds, and butterflies become major attractions. Though a large pond requires more maintenance than a small one, it’s more ecologically stable.
Streamside plantings of yellow flag iris, white forget-me-not, and pink sea thrift lead to a wisteria-covered bridge with arbor, reminiscent of Monet’s garden in France. The combination works because the home’s owner adapted key elements of the famous garden, but modified the plan to fit the space and climate.
Have a small space? Make a big impact with a compact water feature. A recirculating fountain made from a stone sphere, slate chips, and stone pavers is an elegant yet easy-to-create addition suitable to any outdoor living area.
All Decked Out
A raised pond puts the sights and sounds of your water garden nearby. Make yours even more intimate by wrapping it around a corner of your deck or patio.
Go all out with an Asian water garden theme by adding a teahouse and an offset wooden walkway or bridge. Use the teahouse for quiet contemplation or as a gathering place for guests.
Music to the ears
A sloping backyard is the perfect foundation for a stream and waterfall that offer sweet melodies as water tumbles down the rocks. Use easy-care Knock Out roses and Shasta daisies along the edges of the stream to draw more attention to the water.