Water and greenery go together and there are few things more soothing than sitting in a beautiful garden with the sound of water bubbling in the background. Gardeners often long to add a water feature to their gardens but many are afraid to give it a try. Even the smallest patio garden can benefit from a tiny splashing fountain and with a little planning almost any garden can have the pleasure of a water feature.
Water features have the added benefit of attracting wildlife in an increasingly drier climate. Adding a water feature may also allow you to try plants in your garden that you have never been able to grow since they can increase the humidity and provide additional moisture for plants that need it. Water features can open up a whole new area of plants for gardeners to grow, such as water lilies, lotuses and exotic sedges and reeds.
But before you jump in and buy something or start digging a hole, gardeners need to do some careful planning and make some important decisions. Planning and carefully analyzing your conditions will result in a water feature that suits your garden and your budget.
Water features can be ponds, reflecting pools or fountains. They can be tiny or hold thousands of gallons of water. But what they must be is suitable for your site, budget and the time you have to care for them. Water features aren’t something you can throw together in a weekend and then just forget about. They take care all through the growing season. Gardeners may need to learn some skills to take care of the more elaborate water features.
Water features can range in cost from under $50 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Like many garden projects they often end up costing more than you plan, especially if you go into the project without some careful research. This article will help you make some decisions about what kind of water feature you want to have and where to place it.