A water feature may be either restful or exciting. A still water is valued for its properties of reflection and tranquility. A moving water will add delightful sound and a dynamic vitality to your garden. No matter what type of water feature you choose, whether it is a formal pond graced with water lilies and goldfish or a trickling stream bordered by ferns or maybe just a simple pond reflecting the silhouettes of water irises, the water feature will always bring joy and relaxation to your setting.
Always choose the right water feature for your garden in concordance to your garden design and climate. The informal pond will always look good in an informal garden because of their irregular, curved shape. To make the informal pond look more natural you must border it with natural materials such turf or stone and add the right plants around it. Include marginal and moisture loving plants around your pond to link it to your garden.
A formal pond, in contrast with the informal one, makes a much bolder feature. It may be raised or sunken and will usually have a regular, geometric shape. It is suitable for smaller gardens with a more rigorous design. The right plants for these ponds are sculptural plants for margins and plants with floating leaves for the water. For a more dramatic look you can add a fountain or water spout to your formal pond.
A fountain is an invaluable adding to a formal garden. It adds height to the design and sound and movement to the setting. The fountain is particularly effective if lit at night. Also a fountain added to a pond will not only be ornamental but it will also provide a practical function by introducing oxygen into the water by its splashing action and this is beneficial to any fish than you might be growing in your pond. In gardens used by children you can place a cobble or bubble fountain in which water bubble over stones into a small underground reservoir.
If your garden is too small for a fountain you can still add water into your garden by adding a water spout to your design. It will provide all the pleasure of running water scaled down for even the smallest garden or even a conservatory. There are many styles of water spouts suitable for any design. A water spout is usually fixed to a wall with a pump and pipe that circulates water from a pool or reservoir to the rear of the spout and out through the “mouth” of the spout.
For larger, informal gardens you can choose a stream, watercourse or a waterfall. Few gardens have a natural stream or waterfall but you can always create a circulating watercourse spilling out into a pool or underground reservoir. This type of water feature is an attractive way of exploiting a change of level in your garden. To make the watercourse look more natural add rocks or stones to the edges and moisture loving plants along it.
In an informal or naturalistic design you can add a bog garden. This is an attractive but in the same time an unconventional water feature. You can use this feature in your advantage if you have a waterlogged land instead of trying to drain it.
If you want to bring more wildlife into your garden then a wildlife pond is the right water feature for you. This will increase diversity in a wildlife garden and will provide habitat for waterfowl, frogs, newts and a large number of insects. If you want to attract more wildlife into your garden limit the planting to native species only. If you want to make the pond more decorative than add some exotic plants among the native ones. Informal ponds with muddy bottoms and shallowly sloping edges interspersed with large, flat stones are particularly suitable for amphibians.