When it comes to selecting a water feature for your garden, there is now a huge range to choose from, which are relatively cheap and easy to install when compared to a full blown pond and cascading waterfall. And of course you can create your own unique design, using an interesting urn or basin as a basis for your new feature.
This video shows you some of the alternative styles available, from humble small scale fountains to stand alone pebble fountains and arge sheets of glass and stone with cascading curtains of water. First - a solution for a pebble based fountain, which will cost less than Â£200 to buy and install. The basic ingredients are a
container - anything that is or can be waterproof is fine, a central stone feature, pebbles, plants and a pump. Our example features a bucket type base, which can be sunk into the ground, surrounded by a shallow tray for plants and pebbles. The central feature is a circular stone ball with a hole at the top for the water. Remember that all running water features require a power source. Water and electricity can be a lethal combination, so do use a qualified electrician to install your electric pump. Some work off solar power, which are suitable if you don't have a power source nearby.The ultimate effect of this water feature when built can enhance your garden and add a tranquil dimension, without requiring much space.
Once you have chosen the type of feature you would like, there are some important considerations about suitability and location:
Is the feature going to be permanent, or will it be something you could move. Availability of power points may be a factor
If you go for a fountain, avoid a windy aspect so that the water does not drain away by being blown over the side of the feature
Don't place your feature too close to trees, or you could have an endless leaf problem
Consider the space you have available, and choose something proportional to the garden.
Decide if you need to add lighting, and given the chosen location, if you can see the lights clearly at night
Remember if you are keeping fish in it, you will need running water to oxygenate it, and it will require more maintenance
If you have young children think carefully about the safety factor
You can add your own choice of aquatic plants and fancy stones to match other features already in your garden. Whatever you decide on, it will certainly give you hours of pleasure and could even be a major talking point for anyone who visits your home.