Water gardens add a whole different dimension to your garden and invigorate all your senses. The soothing sound of flowing water and vibrant aquatic plants can brighten up every corner of your garden, creating a little oasis for you to relax and unwind. The moving water also helps add texture to your garden and provides a water source for the native wildlife, which are attracted to the new ecosystem.
Water Garden Ideas
The admiration and desire for water gardens derives largely from Japanese culture and oriental gardens where the water creates a calm and peaceful atmosphere. From large rectangular, formal designs to small natural circles planted with water lilies, large stately and royal houses have created large, elaborate designs since the early 17th century. The ability to create a smaller version that suits your space while still retaining the same relaxing benefits has increased in popularity and can now be found in many homes. There are no particular design rules when designing your own water garden as these can be created in many different shapes and designs. However, to provide the best environment for aquatic plants, aquatic gardens tend to be shallow as many aquatic plant species are sensitive to water depth. This means that no matter the size of your yard, you can create your own water garden, whether it’s in a small container, PVC-lined pond, water feature or curated stream.
Unlike most other garden designs and types, water gardens are differentiated by the addition of water and aquatic plants rather than just a landscaped area. The feature can be anything from an artistic water feature, a small artificial stream, a pond, or bubble jets in a small pool of water that reflects both the light and nearby plants. The elements of height, positioning and sound play an important role in garden design, helping to create a space that can be enjoyed all year round.