Nothing brightens up and embellishes a garden as good as water features. Ponds, water containers, waterfalls, streams, fountains. No matter what you choose you will certainly add an aesthetic and relaxing atmosphere to your outdoor living space. Relaxing water sounds, entirely new, aquatic ecosystem, and uniqueness of the space are surely worth the effort – the initial installation can be complex, but further maintenance is quite simple. Once you build your water garden, you’ll have one duty only – to enjoy.
Giving life to your backyard can be achieved by doing a lot of things such as planting a lot of trees and plants and arranging it to look as natural as possible. But there’s one thing that will most definitely give life to your backyard both in terms of looks and sound. And that, of course, is a pond or a nice fountain. The water from the fountain or pond will bring your backyard or garden to life by adding a really natural and fresh look to it, as well as the sound that it will produce from the water falling down the rocks from your fountain.
Find your inspiration for water gardens and ponds in our collection of water landscaping ideas.
Simple and Neat
A wooden bridge over the pond, paved stone border, a perfect grass lawn, and flowering water lilies show us that less is sometimes more.
Flowers & Ferns
Use flat stones to build a rock fountain or mini waterfall, but create a showy surrounding area and appropriate setting – combine colorful blossoms with the wonderful texture of ferns to achieve an ornamental and exotic look.
If you like the Victorian classic style, you can go for a simple, but charming design – the cobblestone walk encircling the lily pool, while the entire area is surrounded by greenery.
Your Private Mini Lake
Shallow ponds add more interest to the yard, especially when they resemble a tiny, natural lake.
Out Of This World
It takes a lot of work and many years to create a stunning and showy water garden like this one. Careful planning and a bit of creativity and you’ll be able to make your own water garden that is everything except boring and flat.
If you opt for a simple water feature, you should pay attention to the surroundings and ground areas around the pond. Setting the pond area in a modern Mediterranean style will give your water pond a complete and charming look.
Container Water Garden
If you don’t want to go to all the work of digging out an in-ground water feature, these DIY container water gardens are a perfect solution.
The Canoe Pond
Isn’t this a great idea on how to repurpose and recycle an old canoe? It’s simply amazing how the canoe pond is connected seamlessly with wooden deck patio and shoreline made of river stones and pebbles.
Waterfalls and Fountains
Don’t be afraid to add features like waterfalls or fountains to your water garden. These features add more interest to the object.
Clear lines, appealing layered stone border around the larger pond in conjunction with a shallow pond with bordered paving, a few exotic plants and a Buddha statue – a perfect combo for a zen water garden.
You can completely give up your plain grass lawn for this amazing water garden. While ponds are usually circular, here we have something different – the walkways are circular, while water fills the in-between spaces.
Combine two or more formal pools to create raised beds and enhance them with waterlilies or some other aquatic plant.
A Natural Look
A curved, rocky shoreline and unusual pairing of plants make this pond look so natural as if it’s naturally curved over the years.
Small Garden Spaces
Don’t think that water gardens are reserved only for vast spaces. Even small gardens and patio spaces can be turned into a water garden heaven!