Something to consider while planning your outdoor space this year….
Garden Water features are a relatively new fashion in the west. According to the feng shui experts, water features in the east are simply a way of life.
*Sitting on top of a cliff watching the waves break against the rocks is exhilarating.
*Relaxing in the countryside watching and listening to a river flowing nearby is calming.
Creating a water feature in your own space is both exhilarating and calming….. and excellent feng shui!
Decide on your plot
Although water features are a lot more productive ( and easier to keep clean ) if positioned in full sun, many small water features, fountains or waterfalls can be positioned in a more shady corner of your garden.
Make some plans first. Consider:
– The overall size of your water feature
– Sunny or shady position?
– Waterfall or fountain ? Or both?
– Will you keep fish?
– Rocks and stones to place around the pond / waterfall
– Water friendly plants and flowers – if your pond is in full sun, you will need to cover around two thirds of the surface with plants (water lilies for example)
Let your imagination run free and sketch some ideas or make lists of ideas for your garden water feature.
NB: Building and maintaining a large garden water feature isn’t necessarily cheap, and budget should be considered before you start your project.
Amazon have all sorts of water garden features , like this fun solar powered creation
Read all you can before taking on a water gardens project. And talk to those who’ve done it. You don’t need to take ALL the advice you’ll get, but some of it will be very useful. Know what’s in store before you start.
Garden water features are a stunning addition to a regular home garden, and encourage plenty of wildlife….
Frogs and toads will beat a path to your door when you have an outside water supply. They are great tenants and eat all sorts of bugs and slugs.
You may have to net your pond to protect the fish from birds – and possibly kittens and toddlers?
Encourage children to spend time in your water garden. Much healthier than the play station!
Grow flowers around your pond to encourage bees and butterflies. You could build a miniature rockery, and plant rockery plants. The only thing holding you back is your imagination!