EDP Norfolk - - GARDENS -

If you have small chil­dren, be sure to in­stall a strong safety cov­er­ing, such as a metal grille, over open water. Or avoid the danger and opt for a peb­ble foun­tain un­til they are older.

With a run­ning water fea­ture, you will need a pump. Make sure you buy one with suf­fi­cient power for the job, and check run­ning costs. These can vary and may cost as much as sev­eral hun­dred pounds per year. So­lar power is an op­tion for a smaller fea­ture, with the ob­vi­ous ad­van­tage of no on­go­ing costs at all and no wiring is­sues. Fi­nally, check that your pump flow is ad­justable so that you can achieve a mu­si­cal splash rather than the sound of a don­key re­liev­ing it­self.

Water will grad­u­ally evap­o­rate, es­pe­cially from a run­ning water fea­ture, so keep be pre­pared to top up dur­ing the sum­mer months.

ABOVE AND BE­LOW: Hostas and marsh marigold (Caltha palus­tris) team with ferns to cre­ate con­trast­ing shapes and tex­tures; Cir­cu­lar pools with black bases com­ple­ment the con­tem­po­rary cir­cu­lar seat­ing area sur­rounded by mul­ti­stemmed birch (Be­tula utilis var. jaque­mon­tii)

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