It shimmers, it cascades, it inspires. If you feel your property is lacking that special something, a one-of-a-kind element that is unique to your home, look no further than the element of water! When incorporated into a landscape design, aquatic features can transform an average setting into one that is magnificent. The addition of a water feature offers many benefits to the landscape.
Water promotes a tranquil atmosphere, it provides pleasing sounds, and it can increase the value of your property. There is also the flexibility of size, shape, and degree of initial investment. Water features can range from simple birdbaths and portable fountains to koi ponds and waterfalls. The possibilities are endless so it is important you have your list of priorities at the ready.
First and foremost, the soothing sounds of trickling water whisk away the stress of everyday life and adds an undertone of serenity while you are in the space. Water can create a peaceful environment for reflection and meditation. Spas use running water for the same calming effects, so why wouldn’t you want to bring that impression of relaxation home?
The introduction of water into a residential setting also introduces a new habitat and ecosystem for local fauna including birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife. It is so great to watch a robin cool off in a birdbath on a hot day or a beautiful hummingbird enjoy the nectar of a flowering perennial.
Lastly, integrating a pond and waterfall into a steep unusable or unsightly sloped portion of your property allows you to turn a negative into a positive and create a focal point and/or new favorite hideaway in the garden. It is possible to integrate the functional areas of your yard into the sloping section(s) by constructing streams and waterfalls to cascade down the existing elevation change. Natural boulders and stonework can help develop the space to appear as if you uncovered a hidden gem.