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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.

Contact us now 07834 233 343, we can assist you with your garden design, jenny@noscoegardendesign.com

As we enter a new year, many of us are looking for ways to improve our wellbeing and find moments of peace and tranquillity in our busy lives. One often overlooked but incredibly rewarding way to achieve this is through spending time in the garden. Whether you have a sprawling plot, a small balcony or are involved with a local Community Garden, there are countless opportunities to practice mindfulness and wellbeing in the garden.

Burn Calories Through Gardening

One of the great benefits of having a garden is the opportunity to keep fit and exercise without having to step foot in a gym. Gardening is a fantastic way to get moving and burn calories while also enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. From digging and planting to weeding and pruning, there are endless physical tasks that can be done in the garden that will not only give you a workout but also leave you with a sense of accomplishment.

New Years Resolution: Connect with your Garden

As the new year begins, it’s the perfect time to make resolutions for your garden. Take some time to plan and envision what you want your garden to look like in the year/s ahead. Consider what plants you want to grow, any new features you want to add, and any changes you want to make to improve the overall design. By setting goals for your garden, you’ll have something to work towards and a sense of purpose when you step outside.

One of the most powerful aspects of spending time in the garden is the connection it provides with nature. There is something incredibly grounding and peaceful about getting your hands in the earth and working with the plants and soil. It’s a reminder of our place in the natural world and has been proven to alleviate stress and anxiety, improve mood, and increase overall well-being. Just last week, a friendly Robin landed on my boot while I was mulching an area of the garden, reminding me of the beauty and wonder that can be found in even the smallest of moments. By dedicating time to the garden, we prioritise self-care and create space for relaxation and rejuvenation.

How Your Garden is an Opportunity for Self Care

Even in the winter months, there are still plenty of tasks to be done in the garden, if you need inspiration for winter garden design, read our last blog here. One important activity to consider is winter mulching. This process helps to suppress weeds, retain moisture, and protect plants from harsh weather conditions. By taking the time to mulch your garden, you are not only caring for your plants but also creating a sense of order and renewal in your outdoor space.

Another way to connect with nature in your garden is by hanging bird feeders. Not only will this provide food for our feathered friends during the colder months, but it also provides a wonderful opportunity to observe and appreciate the wildlife that visits your garden. Watching birds’ flit around and feed can be incredibly calming and can help to foster a sense of connection with the natural world.

Finally, don’t underestimate the power of simply sitting in your garden and taking it all in. Whether it’s a warm summer day or a chilly winter morning, find a cozy spot, wrap up in a blanket, and sit with a cup of coffee or tea. Observe the changing light, listen to the sounds of nature, and allow yourself to relax and reset. Taking this time for yourself in the garden can be incredibly rejuvenating and can help to improve your overall wellbeing.

 

So, as we embark on a new year, make a commitment to make the most of your garden, no matter the size or location. Whether it’s through physical activity, planning and goal-setting, connecting with nature, or simply taking time to relax and observe, your garden has the potential to be a sanctuary for mindfulness and wellbeing. Embrace the opportunity to create a new year, new garden, and reap the benefits that come with it, for garden inspiration, view our selected works.

Contact us now 07834 233 343, we can assist you with your garden design, jenny@noscoegardendesign.com