Choosing a Water Feature

by Karen Bates
(last updated October 5, 2015)


When you think of spending time in your yard, odds are good that you envision a calm, relaxing experience where you can enjoy your surroundings. It can definitely be satisfying to look at your yard and like what you see, and creating an ideal atmosphere where you can spend time is a goal for many people.

Your yard and garden can be distinctive and beautiful in many ways. Of course, what you plant outside has a large impact on how things look. Also, decorations like sculptures and stone pathways can be appealing and add decorative flair. You might add other things like bridges, planters, vases, or a number of other items to the garden to give it more personality and to add interest.

One thing that many people enjoy is the sound and appearance of water. Hearing running water and seeing sparkling pools can be appealing and relaxing, and because of this adding water to the yard or garden has become popular. If this idea interests you, then you might want to consider a water feature.

A water feature is a decorative set-up that uses water to add interest to an area of your yard. These are various kinds of water features, and if you think that your yard or garden would benefit from such an addition, you should find out which kind will be the best for your situation.

If you are looking to start simple, try a small fountain or bubbler. These come in many shapes and sizes that can fit into your landscaping. Fountains can be found in freestanding, tabletop, or wall-hanging styles. Bubblers are perhaps less showy than fountains, but they can be a beautiful addition to a serene garden area.

For something more involved, you might prefer a waterfall set-up. You could create a large waterfall that empties into a pond, a small one that is pondless, or any combination you like. You could also use streams and ponds as decorations for your yard. Most of these can be made to be self-contained, meaning the water is recycled and stored in a tank underground. If you like the idea of a pond, you can use a pre-made pool to get started, and you might like to add fish and plants.

The water feature you choose really depends on what you prefer as well as what would look best in your yard. Consider the options and have fun figuring out what will be the most successful addition to your garden.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...


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2015-10-07 06:00:04

Loma Sommerfeld

Most of the water features need a plug into power and this may be impossible from an area in the garden. Do they have Solar water features and if so are they powerful enough.9


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