article: Features in the Water
Features in the Water
A water garden is an ever-changing environment naturally. You can change the
features in your water garden to include waterfalls, streams, water bubbles, and
so much more. Statues in the center of a water garden are more than just a
pretty site; often they are waterfalls that are designed to provide air in the
water for the fish or for the plants. Using water features to your advantage you
might not have to ‘worry’ about the quality of your water as much as you used
Statues and water features in the garden can be and most often are made from
various types of materials. You will find water features that are made of stone,
cement, and masonry block, metals of various types and even from wood or
The water features that you decide to include in your water garden should
reflect the over all effect that you want to present in the garden. For
instance, in the formal water garden with the paver brick surrounding the water
garden you most likely are not going to choose a stone water feature because the
two would contrast each other, but using a metal, plastic or a masonry water
features that is similar in color or texture of the brick would somewhat match.
Fountains in the water garden were once thought to be just ornamental, but now
they are used also as a bird bath, to provide shade for the fish where plants
are not growing, and fountains are used to put air in to the water keeping the
fish environment healthy.
If you are going to have a very natural looking water garden, you will want your
fountain to appear very simple with a slow water movement to keep the over all
natural look and feel of the water garden. For a more formal water garden, a
showy display of water that spurts up and in different directions may be just
what you need for a complete overall formal look and feel.
Using water features and water fountains in the water garden you will need to be
careful that you are keeping certain plants away from the splashing water. Some
types of plants in the water garden will be more susceptible to rotting when
constant water is splashing over the leaves like the lily in the water garden.
Be sure to keep your container plants back a few feet from the water fountain to
ensure better success in your water garden.