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Going with the flow: Incorporating water features into your garden

Illustration of having fun with water in a garden
Creating joy with water features

What do we think when we think of water? Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is that we need it to survive. It keeps us alive. One could also take a more metaphorical point of view, that of peace, a cool refreshing dip in a rippleless, crystal-clear body of water. Be it metaphorical or literal, it is an integral part of our existence and this notion of life and movement can manifest itself beautifully in a water feature.

Garden pond and patio installation in a woodland garden design with the feeling of a Japanese or Zen garden also present
A nature inspired pond in a tranquil woodland garden design

The beauty of a water feature is that it is so versatile and it will enhance the effect of the garden no matter how big or small it is. We are not talking about the Trevi fountain here, a natural pond can provide a sense of tranquillity and movement in the garden design, not only in terms of the water feature itself but also the wildlife it attracts. From an ecological perspective, this is incredibly beneficial. However, it can also be a great way for families with kids to interact with wildlife and learn together. I am developing a completely natural pond in my own garden, which is one option or as seen in a previous project, a more hybrid approach can be taken in which the naturalistic pool creates a little haven amongst the more modern patio design (see above). Versatility is key.

The water feature does not have to be a central part of the garden design, however. A small fountain is visually pleasing and evinces a pleasurable sensory and auditory experience. Your garden designer can point you in the right direction to find a water feature that works for you. The possibilities are endless.

A small pond can create a very special atmosphere
A small pool can create a hidden gem in a garden

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