Not all but certainly most gardeners do appreciate water features, which not only look well but also provide added fun, excitement and enjoyment in the garden. Water adds a whole new dimension to gardens; it is remarkably effective in creating a sense of natural tranquility in any garden. The soothing gurgling sound of water is very appealing and also subtly transforms the environment in which it is placed. But when it comes to selecting what type of feature, careful consideration is important.
When choosing a water feature you need to examine all practicalities before your purchase! For example, open water may be attractive but demands considerable and regular maintenance. There are also of course the potential hazards and safety concerns with open water especially for young children to be considered along with the size of your garden the space / room you have to incorporate a feature.
But remember, although Garden centres stock an enormous range of different features ranging from wall fountains and pebble pools to bronze urns, water features can be small, you don’t have to have an excavated pond! I.e. Reservoir type water features, in which the water is safely contained in an underground tank is a very popular and practical alternative. Reservoir water features are available in a wide range of styles and sizes, but size doesn’t really matter. In fact some of the more popular features are quite compact and discreet.
The Granite Sphere seen in the photos here is a very popular choice for a wide range of gardens (small, family and/or low maintenance). This design features a very solid but dense (very stable) solid granite sphere with series of deep cut surface ribbing and a central bore hole through which the water is pumped to produce almost endless mesmerizing rippling water effects. The Granite sphere water feature is an excellent, safe and robust design, making it the ideal and very affordable choice for many gardens, especially the young family garden.