One of the things that can make a garden both relaxing and stunning is the contrast of elements. Beautiful, earthly designs combined with garden water features is one way to accomplish this. Imagine after doing your gardening, sitting down beside a waterfall, fountain, or a pond. Super relaxing, right?
Unfortunately, installing a full-blown waterfall, pond or fountain can be very expensive. Don’t worry, there is an alternative! Water features do not have to be enormous in order to enjoy a similar effect. You can choose an inexpensive garden waterfall, pond or fountain with low maintenance. The sky is really the limit when it comes to creating a fantastic design.
Garden Water Features Inspiration
There are a lot of water features that you can choose from. Sometimes it’s a bit confusing to choose which one will be appropriate in your yard or patio. When choosing, try to consider the price, the size of your space, and the design of your garden. Here are some amazing water features to inspire you when creating your own.
1. Amazing Water Features
Let the water flow. Round, large outdoor water features (fountains) with amazing water features are a traditional part of many parks and gardens. Although they might seem a little “old-school,” they’re used a lot for a reason–they’re gorgeous and easy to find since garden fountains can be purchased at garden shops and home centers.
Water features are perfect for large gardens as well as for patios. They can definitely transform the ambiance of your garden by placing it in the right place. There are a lot of reasons why water features are so popular. For one, it can be a filler for a large space that would otherwise be grown up with weeds and wildflowers.
2. Backyard Fountains
Fountains can be found anywhere, but the backyard is an optimal placement for a lot of homes. This is especially true of lots with larger backyards or those that need the ‘pop’ that a water feature can bring.
The image above is an example of a large outdoor water feature that doesn’t have to take up a lot of space. Still, you could surround it by a pond. And of course, adding fish to any pond can bring more life to it.
3. Modern Water Feature Ideas
Not into the rustic vibe? No problem. There are many modern design elements that can be implemented in a water-centered design. These plans often include clean, simple lines that accent with metal and are all about texture.
A water feature can be a integral part of any garden design and landscaping. Is modern and up to date what you’re looking for? You’ll want to go with something with a clean finish and a simple color palette.
4. Natural Stone Ponds
Are you attracted to stone? We are huge ‘stone’ fans and love to design ponds using things found in nature. After all, that’s what a garden is all about, right? There are so many different types of stone to choose from. Which one you choose usually boils down to price and preference. Some stone-types are cheap and reasonably priced while others are very expensive to purchase.
This is a beautiful natural stone water garden is decorated with interesting elements that would be the envy of anyone in your neighborhood. Natural stone ponds can easily be filled with fish and fauna if you want to include even more natural elements. If you already have a small pond, It can easily be surrounded by stones for an even more unique look.
5. Best Garden Water Features
Here’s another modern design that might interest those that value more contemporary ideas and plans.
Something like the picture featured above will be more expensive than a more natural design, but it is definitely unique. It would work especially well next to an outdoor patio.
6. Backyard Water Feature Ideas
Stairs are so gorgeous whether they are located inside or out. When you include stairs in a backyard water feature, it can take things to a new level.
Including a water feature like the one above in your garden can make it look awesome with no digging involved. We love that it is raised from the ground and is a bit modern with some metal. Still, it is stone-surrounded and includes natural elements like lily pads and plants. The perfect mix!
7. Garden Ponds
Are you looking for a pond to spruce up a garden area? You don’t need the perfect setting to do so. In fact, you don’t need dirt or naturally growing plants at all.
Adding water and a few green things can provide a soft touch to the hard elements such as rocks, marble, and others. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. You can start small and then add more as you go.
8. Garden Fountains
Pond vs. fountain. Which one you choose is really up to you. We don’t have a preference either way, which is why we are including ideas for both in this article.
Water features can create a new look for your outdoor space. If you want something that will really stand out, you might have to get a little creative with the type of waterfall you’re using and go with something a little ‘outside-the-box’ like the tornado-shaped waterfall shown above.
9. Garden Waterfalls
Some examples of water features include ponds, fountains, waterfalls, streams, and others. Some of the most beautiful settings include a mixture of all of these. Of course, you might not be able to do so all at once, but like a garden, the water elements in your outdoor area have to be cultivated overtime for them to bloom gracefully.
10. Beautiful Water Feature Ideas
Are you a bit of a mystic? If so, you might want to feature a bit of mystery into your design. We really love the example below which is centered with a man’s face with water shooting out of his mouth.
For smaller gardens, a simple and water feature is the best, but this doesn’t mean you have to be boring with what you implement. In fact, the design above is such an interesting piece. It is a serious conversation starter more than anything. What back story do you think it represents?
11. Deck Water Feature Ideas
Decks are a great place to include a water feature. Again, there is a natural/man made element mixture that looks both beautiful and unique.
It can also make the scenery a bit more peaceful. Fountains can provide a touch of Zen to your outdoor space.
12. DIY Garden Water Features
Want to create your own water feature? A DIY garden water feature is more than possible. You’ll just need to be sure of exactly what you want.
It’s important to remember that DIY ponds don’t have to be boring or cheap-looking. Elegant ponds are ideal for larger gardens and can be pieced together bit by bit.
13. Big Splash
Go big or go home! Are you wanting to undertake a huge project? Consider one of the designs below.
Even huge water features have low maintenance (unless you’re setting up an Aquaponics system). You can even choose a pond that can match to your garden design. Take advantage of the natural sunlight which can make your water features look amazing. This combination of pond and waterfall makes the garden look stunning.
14. Classic Fountain
Are you into more of a classical feel? Stone fountains that include statues are a great route to take.
This is a classic European-style fountain in a fanciful setting. But there are tons of options. From animals to abstract designs, statues inside of a pond or water feature are fantastic additions.
15. Garden Waterfalls
Waterfalls inside a garden make things look breathtaking. Here’s another statue-featured water piece that might serve as a spark for your own design, DYI or not.
The sound of water can bring calmness, coolness and a relaxing environment to any garden. So, around your set-up you might want to include some seating where you can relax and just let all of your worries go.
16. Garden Water Features
Again, including bits of metal with natural elements like water, stone, and greenery can take a garden area from fab to fantastic. What better to include then a watering can since it’s something that is found in so many gardens.
Water features are also suitable in modern contemporary environments. The one above is such a mix between modern and old. Which do you prefer?
17. Charming Water Feature
We usually think of jets being inside of a hot tub. But that isn’t the only place you can find water-streaming jets like the one in the picture below.
As you can see, it is composed of four water jets be set in a pond. When combined with the flowers, it almost resembles a cascading globe.
18. Garden Water Features Ideas
Still needing more ideas? Why not incorporate an under the sea theme. If you love plants, you’ll really like this look. Of course, it will take a lot more look than many of the other things we have featured in this article.
Ponds can add tranquility and ambiance to any landscape. Water features can add design and texture to your garden. Ponds and fountains can be used as a natural habitat for fish, and pond plants can be used as natural decorations.
19. Stunning Garden Water Feature
Cascading beauty is one of the most sought after features of waterfall enthusiasts. You’ll probably need a designer to create this one for you. You could attempt it yourself though if you like a challenge.
Garden waterfalls do not only look amazing but it can also oxygenate the water. This can increase the overall vibration of the area and the environment in general. You could even through a duck or two in there (fake or living) if you don’t mind the quacking.
20. Garden Pond
Garden or pond? You don’t have to choose. Garden ponds are a mix that can be so interesting and unique that they ebb and flow in and out of each other.
Floating plants such as water lilies can be used to cover your pond. You can also add other types of flowers based on your personal likes and the area where your garden pond will be located.
21. Natural Water Feature
Do you want to be one with nature? Is meditation something that you enjoy? Creating the perfect place to do so is a rewarding challenge.
Of course, you’ll need to choose a water feature that you can afford! Start with a small garden, add some water, and then branch out. Before long, you’ll have all that you need to relax in peaceful harmony.
22. Latest Garden Water Feature
We’ve tried to include tons of up-to-date inspiring ideas because we realize that you’ll want the latest and greatest options available.
If you like stone more than flowers, consider this type of set-up. Although it’s not very natural or rustic it does have some amazing parts. The soothing cascade of water can create a natural rhythm of beautiful music which can be just as relaxing as any other element.
23. Japanese Garden Water Feature
If you love an Asian feel, you might want to go a Japanese route. There is so much research you can do about the types of designs and features needed for this kind, but this can be an exciting part of the process.
Like we mentioned above, the beautiful sound of the moving water can soothe the soul. So the process of creation with any water feature is always worth the cost and planning.
24. Creative Water Feature
The design below is a crowd favorite. It was voted one of the most beautiful water features and the jug on top really seals the deal. You’ll see that some of other designs also feature jars and jugs, so this is obviously a popular element that can compliment almost any type of water design.
Water can bring life to any garden, most especially when it’s moving. So, you’ll need to decide if a still pond is what you’re seeking or if you want a lot more movement like what comes with a waterfall. Neither way is wrong. Again, it’s all about preference and style.
25. Exotic Garden
Are you wanting something exotic that will gain oohs and aahs from everyone who enters your garden? Just take a peak at this set-up:
Using a water feature can enhance your garden by generating wonderful sounds, but don’t forget about the smells. Plants can make any outdoor area look and smell amazing. This is something that really can’t be replicated with faux elements.
26. Inexpensive Water Feature
This water feature uses a combination of huge boulders, rocks as well as small pebbles making it look more natural. If you have a natural hillside to your yard, you could easily replicate this design in your own outdoor space.
27. Attractive Garden
They say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and this holds true for outdoor gardens as well. If you want to make your garden as attractive as possible you’ll need a good mix of furniture pieces, greenery, water, other natural elements, and any other thing that sparks joy for you.
You can enhance your water features by adding pond plants such as water lilies. Because they don’t require much upkeep, you can simply drop and go. These lilies will also attract forms of wildlife if that’s something that interests you.
28. Enormous Waterfall
Although an enormous waterfall won’t be practical for most spaces, it is an option for those who want to go all out.
The beautiful sound of water over the rock is one of the most natural enchanting symphonies and will make the process of creating such an intricate design worth the effort.
29. Top Water Feature
Peaceful and serene, there is something really special about the inspirational image below. It’s one of our favorites because of the koi pond, waterfall, and secluded seating area. If we had to name this place it would be Relaxville.
The reflections and trickling sounds of the waterfalls can completely change the environment. The same is true of the scents of nature. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you can upkeep the fish in the pond if you’re going to add them.
30. Traditional Garden Design
More jugs and vases, but why not? These are such popular pieces that are stylish and easy to find when shopping for DIY water feature design pieces.
Moving water in a garden can easily attract birds, so if you’re looking to make your space more chipper, consider something like the fountain featured above.
31. Small Garden Water Features
Not every space is fit for huge pieces. If you have a small space, that doesn’t mean that you have to have a boring one. Instead of placing a lot of things in the area and making it cluttered, you might choose one or two focus pieces like the statue-inspired fountain below.
Fun fact: mosquitoes do not breed in moving water, only still water. So choosing a fountain over a pond is a good move in areas that are at high risk for mosquito breeding.
32. Amazing Waterfall Design
Here’s another example of a water feature that can be placed in a small space and really sparkle.
The reflections from the water do not only look nice but it can also add an illusion. Although it’s just one small fountain, it would be the talk of any garden because of its uniqueness.
33. Crystal Waterfalls
Here’s another form of illusion: crystal waterfalls. This is one of the most interesting designs because it looks magical. Who doesn’t like a little magic?
Wondering how this works? The falling water sparkle with the lights concealed in the basin. This is a super simple solution that allows for a unique experience for those viewing the waterfall.
34. Awesome Water Feature
A simple yet beautiful water feature.
35. Interesting Landscape Water Features
Water features can easily attract birds and wildlife. During hot summer days, water can cool down your plants. If you want to make your yard look bigger then add water features to your garden. Water can provide serenity and tranquility to your garden. Adding a water feature can transform your garden into a perfect paradise.
36. DIY Water Garden
In another article, we covered raised garden beds used for growing herbs and veggies. But did you know they could also be used to create a water garden?
A small water feature can make your garden look intimate. Sometimes, less is really more.
37. Inspiring Landscaping
There’s something to be said for a really natural space that is allowed to stay that way. If you have wild plants and a natural water source and want to keep it that way, you can do so without having to do a lot to the space. Add a little stone edging and voila!
With natural spaces like this, it doesn’t matter if you have a big or small area, you can still enjoy relaxing beside your water feature.
38. Asian Garden Style
Feng shui and bonsai trees have something in common with the design image below: Asian roots.
The natural landscape is mixed with an Asian garden style. These styles can be super relaxing and are suitable for indoor areas as well as outdoor ones.
39. Perfect Water Feature For Your Garden
What is the first thing you see when you look at this picture? Is it the bridge, the plants, or the water? Is it the flowers, rocks, or maybe even the hand in the background? The longer you look, the more interesting things you will find. The same can be said for your garden if that’s what you desire.
Bridges over water are super artistic and make quite a design statement. Would you consider adding a bridge to your own design?
40. Artistic Fountain
Gardening is an art form. The same can be said for decorating the area with water features.
This looks like a large vase, but actually, this wonderful work of art is a fountain. Although it might be hard to find this exact piece, it’s possible to purchase a replica or similar fountain online or at a local outdoor garden center.
41. Water Fountains For Yards
Backyard, front yard, court yard. Wherever you want a water fountain, go for it. There really isn’t a right or wrong placement for something you love.
I’m sure you realize by now that water fountains are the traditional form of water feature. This final example can be easily put into your garden at a really affordable price.
Our Readers’ Water Features Questions
Do you still have a few questions? Well, you aren’t the only one! We noticed that many of our readers have similar questions, especially about adding water features into their gardens.
How can I learn how to manage water features in my garden?
These days, there is no shortage of ways for you to learn how to utilize water features in your garden. If you are privy to DIY options, check out our water feature option guide for inspiration. You can also hire a professional to show you the ropes or manage it for you altogether.
Are water features expensive?
There are several options available to you, so it varies. If you choose to go with a DIY option, you can expect to spend anywhere from $50 to $100, depending on the materials you use and the size of your project. Pre-assembled water features purchased online or in-stores can cost $250 and up.
Do you leave water features on all the time?
The answer to this question depends on your fountain. If you have an automatic system, you can leave your feature on as much as you’d like. However, if it is made of glass or metal, you will want to shut it down periodically to clean the surface of water droplets to preserve the aesthetic. This is because water droplets can cause rust or permanent water stains on these surfaces.
Final Thoughts: Water Features
After seeing these beautiful water features, are you ready to introduce them to your garden? You can add excitement to your outdoor space by having a waterfall, fountain or a simple pond in your garden. Whether you have a simple, elegant or huge water feature, it can be an eye-catching addition to your garden, especially if it has running water.
Although some may cost a lot, you can easily create your own design by using inexpensive materials such as landscaping rocks. Sometimes it’s nice to have a place in your home where you can relax after having a busy day. Or a secret garden that is completely yours.