When you hear the word "water feature," what kind of creation comes to mind? Many people immediately picture a fountain. While fountains can be beautiful, they are definitely not the only type of water feature available to you. Here are some other types of water features to consider including in your landscape design.
A Soaking Pool
One option is to include a small soaking pool in your landscape design. This pool can serve two purposes. It adds beauty to your landscape, and it can also be a place for you to kick back, relax, and spend a little time in the water. You won't be able to swim laps, but you can still sit in the water and cool off on a hot day. If you want a more modern look, you can design a soaking pool with concrete sides and clean lines. For a more rustic look, you could create a pool lined with large rocks and plants.
A Koi Pond
"Koi" is just a fancy name for goldfish. Usually, when this term is used, it is assumed the fish in question are on the larger side. Seeing big, orange fish in a pool is really exciting for some people. If this appeals to you, then you can have a koi pond worked into your landscape design. Most of these pods are relatively shallow, and they only need to be a few feet wide to accommodate the fish. You can surround the pond with green plants to offer the fish some shade, and you can even plant some lily pads and other water plants in the pond for added character.
A Stone Waterfall
A little stone waterfall can be a great, natural-looking addition to your landscape. You can design a small one with a couple of big stones, or a large one with piles of tumbling rocks. Incorporate this into a garden bed with a little pond at the bottom, and you will immediately have a focal point for the entire design of your backyard. There is a ton of room for customization with this idea. You can use different colors of stone to match your house, make the waterfall wider or narrower, and choose specific accents to surround the waterfall.
These are just a few of the many ways to include water in your landscape design. Talk to your landscape design team to get more ideas that will work in your space, specifically.