Enjoy Water Features in Your Garden this Summer
Image courtesy of David Greaves
For many centuries, fountains and cascades have been used as recreational and artistic features.
In landscape architecture and garden design, a water feature is one or more items from a range of fountains, pools, ponds, cascades, waterfalls, and streams. Before the 18th century they were usually powered by gravity, though the famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon are described by Strabo as supplied by an Archimedean screw. Other examples were supplied with water using hydraulic rams.
Since the 18th century, the majority of water features have been powered by pumps. In the past, the power source was sometimes a steam engine, but in modern features it is almost always powered by electricity. There is an increasing range of innovative designs as the market becomes more established and people become more aware of alternate installation methods, such as solar power. The advantages of using solar power include environmental benefits, no electrical lines in the garden, and free energy.
Modern water features are typically self-contained meaning that they do not require water to be plumbed in; rather water is recycled from either a pond or a hidden reservoir, also known as a sump. The sump can either be contained within the water feature or buried underground.
A water feature can be made from any number of materials, including stone, granite, stainless steel, resin, and glass. Most water features are electronically controlled, ranging from simple timer actuators to sophisticated computerised controls for synchronising music to water and light animation.
Water features often offer additional benefits to homeowners, such as increased curb appeal, home value and improved air quality, reduced noise pollution - running waters can mask aggressive noise and help to provide an atmosphere of quietness and calm.
An added benefit of water features is they encourage birds small mammals and insects including butterflies and dragonflies into your garden.
For more information on what is on offer in your area, why not visit your local garden centre or pond specialist and browse the many options available. We have included a list of local suppliers for your convenience.
T: 01664 823588 / 07852 371873
Birstall Garden & Leisure Centre
T: 0116 267 7091
Palmers Garden Centre
T: 0116 286 3323