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Garden Water Features

Providing a focal point, garden water features are a way to bring a feeling of calm and tranquillity to an outdoor space. They come in a variety of sizes, styles and designs, so take your time and enjoy finding the right garden water feature to reflect your personality.

What are water features?

Water features are any indoor or outdoor decorations that incorporate water. Although flowers and plants naturally liven up a garden, adding additional garden products can really help to make the space your own. For that reason, there’s no one size fits all outdoor water feature so here are a few things to consider when making your choice:

  • Size:

    You don’t want to detract from the natural beauty of a small garden with a large water feature. In that case, a tabletop water fountain or a small bird bath is a great solution that adds character. Most small garden water features still provide the relaxing sound of bubbling or running water. In larger gardens, you have more freedom to express yourself with a combination of small water features or a single large statement piece such as a sphere, column or cascade water feature.

  • Style:

    To look effective, garden decorations should be in harmony with your garden and reflect the environment. Modern features — stainless steel, submerged LED lights, etc. — will work in either a modern or traditional garden, but older styles including traditional stone water features such as cherubs, 3 tier fountains and the like, look out of place in modern gardens. Most water features come in a range of styles so if you have a specific feature in mind, it’s worth looking around to find the right one.

  • Safety:

    Water features can be dangerous for young children so you need to think about their safety when choosing your water feature and take the necessary precautions regarding installation and location.

Are water features expensive to run?

Water features involving moving water require electric pumps. Running costs depend on the size and power consumption of the pump, how long you run it for and your electricity costs. These days there are plenty of energy-efficient and solar powered water features available. As well as electricity costs, there’s the cost of the water to consider. Self-contained water features are the best option here as they don’t need to be connected to a water supply, all they need is the occasional top up. They have the added bonus of being easy to install.

How do you keep water features clean?

Water will get slimy, especially during the winter months, so make sure to find out all you can about how to drain, dismantle and clean your water feature before you buy it. To simplify water feature care and maintenance, position it away from shrubs and trees that shed leaves or needles. It’s also worth making sure water containing bacteria, chemicals and messy debris can’t run into it from lawns or gardens.

Where to buy water features?

Whether you’re looking for traditional or quirky garden water features, Houzz UK is bound to have something to suit your tastes and garden.
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