A water feature such as a fountain or small pond adds serenity and brings the sounds of nature to your home.
Some examples of landscape water features are swimming pools, outdoor hot tubs, a small waterfall, a rainwater harvester, koi ponds and water fountains.
The best landscape water features are low-maintenance or even self-sustaining and they integrate perfectly with the existing landscape.
What Are Landscaping Water Features
Water features, such as koi ponds, creeks and pools are man-made water circulating systems meant for delighting the senses, irrigation or even for human interaction, such as in the case of swimming pools.
Landscaping Water Features Benefits
There are a lot of benefits to adding a water feature to your landscape:
- They entertain the senses – the sound of flowing water is long known to be relaxing. So is the sound of it and the way it cools down air on a hot summer day
- Most of them, with the exception of swimming pools require little to no maintenance
- They keep you and your family physically active by encouraging outdoors activities such as walking & swimming
- They keep you physically relaxed, such as in the case of outdoor hot tubs
- They offer stress relief – koi ponds and waterfalls
- They increase your property’s appeal and value
Types Of Water Features
You can combine water features with your existing landscape in a myriad of ways. Some of the larger projects might require the help of a landscape designer and a specialized crew, while others are a lot easier to do and may not even require a permit.
Here are some the most popular water features:
- Reflecting pools
- Ornamental pools
- Water gardens featuring aquatic plants
- Streams & creeks
- Koi ponds
- Waterfalls and pondless waterfalls
- Fire fountains
- Small patio ponds or container water gardens
- Rainwater harvesting and circulation systems
- Bird baths
- Rain curtains
- Scuppers and sconces
- Water jets and bubblers
- Swimming pools and outdoor tubs
- Natural ponds