If you’re reading this article, then chances are you’re considering adding a water feature to your landscape. Planning for any sort of pond, waterfall, pool or stream is a big undertaking. They require installation and upkeep, but provide so much more in return. Regardless of what you decide to go with, a few tips on how to make a water feature will go a long way when tackling your waterscaping project.
Lay of the Land
The beauty of waterscaping is that you’re encouraged to follow the terrain. Streams wind and flow along their own paths in nature. Ponds aren't perfectly geometric shapes. By following the layout of your land, your water feature will have a more natural appearance. If you have a sloped hill, consider a disappearing edge pool or pond. For small or irregularly shaped plots consider fountains or pond-less waterfalls. Many water features are freeform and can be adapted to nearly any area.
Landscaping and Seamless Integration
The key to truly achieving a balance and harmony between your water feature and its surroundings is landscaping. The right plants, flowers, trees and shrubs can make the difference between an O.K. water feature and a breathtakingly phenomenal waterscape. If you’re adding streams, consider a woodland or alpine theme complete with rocks, moss, stone birdbaths and blooms. Waterfalls can culminate into pools or ponds. They provide an enchanting sound of running water and pair well with ferns, palms and other tropical plants for a lush feel. Add aquatic plants and even koi fish to ponds to give movement and color to the water. Planting water-loving plants of varying heights near a pond’s edge will dramatically augment it.
Working with what you have is how to make a water feature work for you. With a little effort and a lot of planning, you’ll have the waterscape you’ve always dreamed of!