Water features are extremely popular right now in residential landscape design. Desired for their aesthetic appeal and soothing sounds, more homeowners are looking to turn their backyards into an oasis. If you are looking for some inspiration, check out these 13 ideas that could be a perfect fit for your next design.

Running Water in Small Spaces

Just because you don’t have a sprawling backyard doesn’t mean you can’t introduce a running water feature. To pull this off in tight spaces, get creative. Tie the water into an existing part of the landscape or something you already have planned like a retaining wall that also serves as a flowing river garden.

Simple, Modern Fountains

Did you know that fountains help attract wildlife? You can use simple fountains no matter the shape of the waterscape, so that they are attractive and bring friendly visitors to the space. Fountains can become complex, that’s why it’s good to stay simple. The more modern the landscape scene is, the simpler it needs to be. Your clients will fall in love with these stunning falls.

Ponds—Try New Shapes

Don’t feel that creating a pond is limited to a circular shape. Instead, use a moat-like design that can also provide a distinct border to the landscape design. These flowing ponds will delight homeowners and give them a great conversation piece when guests visit. Add some fish to your pond to make it even more enjoyable.

Water Gardens

Large ponds have the potential to become a living and moving part of the landscape. When you have the space for a bigger pond, you can add more features and a variety of lush plants. This type of design also adds depth to the area, no matter how big, creating much more visual interest.

Classic Sitting Ponds

In the space you have to work with, you can add something special to a large grassy area with a sitting pond. These ponds are classic and simple. They are typically small but should be sized in relation to how large the grassy area is. Line it with a collection of native rocks.

Add Rocks to a Pond Bank

The banks of any pond are usually muddy and overlooked. Instead of an eyesore, incorporate rock walls into these areas. You’ll have a visually stunning effect, but the rocks will also provide stability to the soil and help prevent erosion.

Shallow Ponds

Not all ponds have to be deep, especially if that would require some heavy lifting. A shallow pond is a good alternative. A shallow pond could take the place of a garden bed. It can support many different plants that desire wet roots, and it will give the landscape a unique look.

Floating Rocks

With a large water feature, you may be planning a bridge to get from one spot to the next, but why not do something different? Consider designing a custom path across with floating rocks and turning them into stepping stones.

Unconventional Waterfalls

Most waterfalls are built with rocks and stones, which are lovely, but why not push the boundaries and go unconventional. You can create waterfalls with unorthodox materials like statues, oversized pots, and even metal. These are good options for contemporary architecture.

Vernal Ponds

Mimic vernal ponds, found in nature during early spring, in your landscape design. You can do this in multiple places, depending on how much space you have to work with. Forest carpeting like ferns and other native plants finish the look of a forest wonderland.

Impromptu Ponds

Little ponds pop up in rainy regions in the spring. Bring this idea to life for year-round enjoyment. The design captures what it would be like if a pond popped up from the ground naturally. Use a plastic liner, pea gravel, a simple filter, and a few other details like rocks or greenery to create a lovely reflecting pool.

Falling Steps

Leveling out terrain can be one of the hardest parts of designing a landscape. Instead of attempting this, embrace it with falling steps. This delivers an enchanting perspective with a tiered hillside. This is also a smart way to get water to the gardens that frame the steps.

Water Globes

Add a whimsical touch to a landscape with water globes. They don’t take up much room and are such a delightful way to add charm to a landscape. Larger globes can add height to a large garden while smaller ones are neat additions to add around different flowers. Your clients will love what a fun touch they bring to the space.

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