Wa­ter fea­tures

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Local Dirt -

Some land­scap­ers love to add wa­ter to their de­signs and many gar­den­ers love this too.

Wa­ter not only brings peace and tran­quil­ity to the gar­den, the mu­sic of bub­bling or trick­ling will help to at­tract birds, but­ter­flies and other small wildlife, such as frogs. The more life in your gar­den, the more plea­sure you will get from be­ing in it.

Wa­ter can cas­cade down from a man-made rise in the yard or it can sim­ply me­an­der through the gar­den over an ar­ti­fi­cial stream bed end­ing in a pond, per­haps pop­u­lated by fish, which can be en­gag­ing com­pan­ions for the hu­mans in the gar­den.

Spe­cial fea­tures

Kitchens are an­other pop­u­lar item. They can be gas, electric or even propane fired. Some of them in­clude a counter com­plete with a sink, fridge and stor­age space be­side the bar­be­cue or even a pizza oven, an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar fea­ture these days.

Out­door fire­places set on stone pa­tios help ex­tend the sea­son. Soft-cov­ered fur­ni­ture adds to the lux­ury. Fam­i­lies with chil­dren of­ten opt for a fire pit, where late sum­mer evenings can be en­joyed roast­ing marsh­mal­lows or s’mores. Your land­scaper can build this into the plans, mak­ing sure all the safety pre­cau­tions are in place and that open fires are al­lowed in your neigh­bour­hood.

Gaze­bos and per­go­las not only pro­vide shade, they add de­sign in­ter­est that can be very ar­rest­ing when soft­ened by the right plants.

Although many of us are do-it-your­selfers, the use of a good land­scaper and land­scape de­signer at some or all stages of the makeover of your yard will save you many mis­takes and re-dos for the fu­ture.

Don’t for­get fenc­ing as part of that over­all de­sign. The fence is like the walls in your home and just as im­por­tant.

Fi­nally, re­mem­ber to in­clude light­ing in your de­sign. It sets the mood. It en­hances the beauty of your home and it can even help with se­cu­rity.

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