Adding a water feature to your landscape can provide the finishing touch for any design. Water is such a great addition to a landscape because it provides movement and sound to the visual and audiological experience of the landscape. Not all water features require tons of maintenance or even a lot of space, like a pond might. Here are some other water features to consider that might be more within your budget and maintenance abilities.
Bubblers are one of the simplest water features you can have. They consist of a large stone, sometimes rough and natural and sometimes sculpted, with a hole drilled through the base to the top. A smaller water reservoir and pump pushes water up through the hole, allowing it gently bubble out and flow over the surface of the rock. You get all of the movement of the water, and the water highlights the coloring and beauty of the stone. Bubblers can come in all shapes and sizes, allowing them to fit in almost every landscaping budget.
Waterfall require more construction and installation technique than a bubbler, but they are relatively low maintenance after they are installed. You will likely need the help of a professional landscaper for the installation, because it can be tricky to get the water to pour over the rocks instead of running below them. These waterfalls have reservoirs hidden under a rocks bed that cycle the water back up the top of the falls.
Depending on the size of the waterfall, this is a more expensive option because of the amount of rock and work required, but the result is more stunning than smaller or simpler features. The only maintenance is winterizing the pump and topping up the reservoir occasionally as water does evaporate on its way from point A to point B.
3. Mini Ponds
Instead of having a large pond, many people like the idea of having a very small pond near the door or nestled in the garden. These mini ponds may have a series of three or four containers that hold water and a small collection of pond plants like water lettuce or lilies. The containers can be decorative and are easy to empty at the end of the season. You don't have to worry about digging out a place for the pond, holes in the liners, or pond chemistry and winterization.
For more information about landscape design, ponds, and hardscapes, contact a local landscaping professional, like one from Urban Paradise Landscaping, in your area.