The benefits of a garden water feature are prolific, it has the ability to transform a garden space and calm the senses. Water brings with it light, sound and life wherever it goes, it aids in relaxation and also creates a natural habitat for wildlife.
There are numerous ways to introduce a water feature to the garden and with various styles available on the market, ranging from contemporary to traditional, rustic and natural – there is something for every different type of garden and budget.
Different Styles of Water Features
For a wonderfully rustic look, a sculpted water feature made from repurposed solid oak Scottish Whisky barrel creates a beautiful feature for any garden, bringing with it charm and character. Such water features are available in various sizes, making them suitable for larger gardens as well as smaller spaces. A lined repurposed barrel also has the added benefit of being suitable for fish and other aquatic life.
Oak barrel water features can be positioned anywhere in the garden and have the ability to create a miniature habitat, when placed in the middle of flowers or other plants.
It no longer costs a fortune to be able to have a classical water feature, as there are a range of modern synthetic materials which perfectly mimic the appearance of sandstone or marble. A garden fountain is possibly one of the most popular and most widely recognised forms of classical water features.
There are numerous contemporary designs available on the market including ponds of various sizes such as raised, sloped or cascading, or with stepping stones and bridges.
Oriental style or Japanese rock gardens are becoming increasingly popular, designed to represent elements of the environment. A typical design consists of a miniature landscaped space, comprised of a carefully planned compilation of rocks, water features, pruned trees and bushes and the use of sand or gravel.
A pond has to be one of the most popular ‘wild’ water features – it can be created in a variety of different styles and planted with aquatic plants to attract a wide range of wildlife from pond snails to newts and frogs. Such a collection of wildlife has the added bonus of creating a unique point of interest in the garden for both children and adults alike.
For those without the space for a pond, a bird bath makes a good alternative, creating a beautiful focal point for the garden and endless pleasure as a variety of birds can be viewed coming and going.
Where to Put Your Water Feature
Water features work well in gardens, terraces and patios of shapes and sizes. The location of the water feature will very much depend on the size of your garden and how much of a focal point in the garden it is intended to be. Many people choose to position the water feature in full view of a seated area in the garden or patio, or even invest in more seating to to fully appreciate the vitality water introduces to an outdoor space.
Things to Consider
- Safety is an important consideration when choosing a water feature, especially when there are young children using the garden.
- It is important to ensure the water feature is not placed or built directly underneath any trees, as they may shed leaves into the water.
- Be sure to avoid any shady spots and to place the feature in a location where it will get the most sunshine.
Stretton Oak Tubs
We offer a wide range of garden related products including water features, planters, water butts, tubs, complete barrels as well as benches, tables and stools. All of our products are made from Scottish oak whisky barrels which brings a unique natural appearance to the garden. Get in touch today for more information.