If you have been thinking about adding a water feature to your garden but are not quite sure what type you want then here are ten different ideas. If you just want to dip your toe in the water then you can start small with a bird bath. A free standing fountain is a feature that can be installed without having to dig which is what you will have to do if you want a garden pond. There are seven more great ideas in this article by Patricia Tyrrell which I found on the Houzz website.
There are so many creative ways to add a water feature to a garden ? and the design can be modern, traditional or ultra-natural. And why just settle for one water feature? If you look at some of the famous gardens that are open to the public, they rarely restrict themselves to one element but instead use water in many different ways.Start simple
Most of us don?t have space for anything extravagant like a pond, so why not begin with a birdbath? A small birdbath can look beautiful and will also create a focal point in the garden. Situate it somewhere you can see it from the windows, and watching the birds coming and going will provide endless pleasure.Pass on digging deep
Not all statement water features need extensive excavation. Here, a simple fountain gives the gentle sound of water and, in addition, an eye-catching sculpture. All you need is an electrical source for the pump, and then the pump can be hidden inside the feature. Or you could make things really simple by opting for one of the solar-powered fountains now available at many garden centres.Get ready to relax
Water, whether still or flowing, has a tactile quality; you just want to hold your hands under a sheet of water and play with it, or dip your fingers into its surface and create ripples. So why not introduce a water feature beside or near an outdoor sitting area, like here. It adds lots of interest ? the reflections, the sound and the feel of it. The evaporation from the pool that the fountain flows into can also help to cool the air on a hot summer?s day.