Garden Water Features: Our Quick Guide

Natural slate water feature in raised timber bed

There’s no doubt that a garden water feature can make a big difference and look absolutely stunning. Choosing the right design is important, however, and it always pays to get some expert advice before you decide to go ahead.

Get it right and you will have something that forms a focal point for your garden, one that is able to attract a variety of wildlife and which provides a tranquil location to relax during the spring and summer months.

Types of Water Feature

There are various different types of water feature that can be added to your garden, from relatively cheap and simple to the more complex.


Whether you want to create a place for fish to swim in or simply want to build a sustainable habitat, there are plenty of solutions out there to choose from. The size and complexity will determine how much maintenance you will need to keep your pond in tip top condition but these installations can make a really excellent addition to any large garden space.


Perhaps you don’t want something as big as your own garden pond. There are many fountains and water features that can be installed including traditional designs. More often, however, we see clients looking for a host of different modern water features that add style and something new to the landscape. They are simple to install and look really brilliant.

Garden Waterfalls

If you have the space, creating your own waterfall can be another option. These can be added to areas like ponds or stand alone as a part of your garden design. The running water is highly relaxing and a strong focal point for any garden design, big or small. These are not just your traditional stone installations either. They can be made from a variety of materials including steel and other metals.

Things to Consider When Installing a Water Feature

It’s quite a big choice to have a water feature installed in your garden and you will need to consider a variety of factors, including:

The impact on the rest of your garden: While it might seem a great idea, how that water feature impacts on the rest of your garden is going to be important. If you have a large space, obviously you have more scope but it pays to consider the reasons why you are installing the feature and what you want it to do.

The design: With so many different options out there nowadays, it can be pretty confusing choosing the right design and installation. Before you decide, it may be helpful to get some input from a garden design or landscaping company that really knows what they are talking about.

Ongoing maintenance: One of the key factors with any water feature is its maintenance. If you’re having a pond installed, for example, you are going to need to look after it, especially over winter. You should ask yourself whether you want to devote any amount of your time to that or if you are going to get someone in to maintain it. Smaller water features, of course, need less looking after.

If you want to plan a water feature for your garden, contacting a landscape designer first of all can save you a lot of time and money.

At The Garden Design Co. we’re experts in all areas of landscaping and these types of installation. Contact our friendly team today on 0330 202 1955 if you want some great advice on what to do next.

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