Add sparkle with wa­ter

Bring your gar­den sparkling to life with a wa­ter feature! Ge­off Hodge checks out the lat­est de­signs and ex­plains what to look for

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Trick­ling, splash­ing, shin­ing and re­flect­ing; there’s no doubt that wa­ter can bring a gar­den to life with sound, move­ment and wildlife. And, if you don’t have space for a pond, there’s a wide range of small, self-con­tained wa­ter fea­tures that will suit even the small­est city courtyard. Choos­ing a wa­ter feature has never been sim­pler, thanks to the many dif­fer­ent styles, de­signs and materials avail­able. Ideally your cho­sen feature needs to match your gar­den’s style and fit in with its over­all de­sign and lay­out. For in­stance, a rus­tic stone or rock feature might suit a nat­u­ral­is­tic cot­tage gar­den, while a clas­si­cal multi-lay­ered foun­tain or fig­urine might be bet­ter in a more for­mal space. An ori­en­tal-style gar­den can be com­ple­mented with a sim­ple bam­boo ‘deer scarer’ feature, whereas stain­less steel or even rusty-look­ing corten steel mono­liths, spheres and wa­ter walls are per­fect for mod­ern gar­dens.

Where to put it?

It’s best to con­sider how you use the gar­den be­fore buy­ing. For ex­am­ple, if you have an un­clut­tered area set aside for al­fresco din­ing and en­ter­tain­ing, you may favour a com­pact, up­right wa­ter feature or even a wall foun­tain to serve as a focalpoint. If you have young chil­dren, who tend to be fas­ci­nated by wa­ter, go for a feature with a hid­den reser­voir to elim­i­nate any risk of ac­ci­den­tal drown­ing. For quick and easy in­stal­la­tion choose a self-con­tained de­sign that doesn’t re­quire plumb­ing in. These have an in­te­gral wa­ter reser­voir and come com­plete with a small wa­ter pump to cir­cu­late the wa­ter. Some do re­quire a bit of tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise in set­ting up, but this should only take a few min­utes once you’ve dug the hole for the reser­voir. Then, just fill with wa­ter and plug it in. Keep an eye on the wa­ter level; if it runs dry you might dam­age the pump. Many wa­ter fea­tures also come com­plete with in­te­gral lights, which il­lu­mi­nate the wa­ter and add sparkle at night. Even though the in­di­vid­ual lights are small, it’s amaz­ing how much light they can pro­vide.

FOCALPOINT FOUN­TAIN Kelkay Dap­ple Cas­cade £99.99 Polyresin with pump and LED light. H58x27x27cm

WALL-MOUNTED SPOUT Had­don­stone Soane Mouth of Truth Foun­tain £399 Cast stone – pump not sup­plied. H64x65x8.5cm

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