Water enhances any garden space. It adds atmosphere, provides interesting reflections, and creates sound to muffle noises beyond the boundaries of the garden. Water is guaranteed to improve the biodiversity in the garden. Attracting birds, bees and insects, not to mention our amphibious friends. Frogs are a gardener’s friend, addressing the balance as natural predators, keeping the slug and snail populations down. This blog covers the ways you can utilise water to create eco-friendly garden design.

Should I add a water feature to my garden?

When planning your water feature, it’s important to consider the size and scale of your garden. A small courtyard might benefit from a small water bowl or a wall-mounted fountain, while a larger garden can accommodate a larger and more elaborate feature. It’s also important to consider the maintenance and upkeep of your water feature, as some designs may require more regular cleaning and maintenance.

In addition to the aesthetic benefits, water features also have practical uses in the garden. They can provide a source of water for birds and other wildlife, especially during dry periods. They can also help to cool the surrounding area, making your garden a more comfortable place to spend time during hot summer months. Learn more about creating a sustainable wildlife garden.


Water Features Garden Design

Contemporary waterfall incorporating a series of Corten steel pools and waterfalls.

The different types of water features

There are many options for bodies of water in the garden. From elaborate tiered water fountains and water cascades to self contained water features or a simple water bowl. They all contribute to the wildlife credentials in the garden.

Water walls are a popular choice for modern gardens. They can be made from a variety of materials such as glass, stone, or metal. The water flows down the wall, creating a soothing sound and a visually striking feature. They can be installed as a standalone piece or incorporated into a larger water feature. Follow this link to see our water feature garden, a contemporary waterfall incorporating a series of Corten steel pools and waterfalls. 

Cascades are another option for adding water to your garden. They can be designed to fit into any space, whether it’s a small corner or a large open area. The water flows down a series of steps or rocks, creating a beautiful and natural-looking waterfall effect. Cascades can be made from natural stone or artificial materials, depending on your preference and budget.

If you prefer a more traditional look, a fountain might be the perfect choice for your garden. Fountains come in a variety of styles, see this link to our wedding and Events venue for the Tunbridge 3 tier classical Portland Stone fountain design. The imposing Georgian Manor House complements the classical style and Portland stone in keeping with vernacular materials.  Fountains can be made from stone, concrete, or even metal. Fountains can be a focal point in your garden, attracting attention and depending on size and scale, creating a sense of tranquillity and/or excitement.


water feature for planting design

Should I add a water feature to my garden?

Instead of draining boggy or water logged areas in the garden, you can create a bog garden, providing a valuable habitat. Utilising a seasonal wetland, enables planting of dramatic foliage plants such as Gunnera and Rodgersia, winter stems of Salix and Cornus species. These species are amazing for enhancing your planting design deep into the winter months, our December blog covers this topic in detail. If you don’t have a naturally damp area in the garden, artificial bog gardens can be created by digging a hole and installing a butyl liner, then creating some perforations to allow water to slowly dissipate. Add soil back into the hole along with organic matter.




Overall, adding water to your garden can enhance its beauty, attract wildlife, and create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Whether you choose a simple water bowl or a more elaborate fountain or cascade, incorporating water into your garden design is sure to bring diversity and tranquillity to your outdoor space.

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