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Building and Positioning the Perfect Water Feature

There’s nothing in the world that can bring a beautiful garden together quite like the perfect water feature. Surrounded by stunning specimens from a reliable trade plant nursery, a water feature can serve as the central focus point of any garden.

Nevertheless, creating and positioning the ideal water feature isn’t always easy.  It’s worth consulting with an experienced trade plant nursery if unsure. There are various considerations to take into account along the way, which include the following:

Position

Before even beginning the design process, you first need to think carefully about precisely where the feature will be positioned. Bear in mind that once it has been installed, it may be impossible to relocate or reposition it. Do you want it to be seen the moment you enter the garden, or to be discovered upon deeper exploration? Should it occupy a prime central position, or be placed somewhere more discreetly?

Structure

The ideal structure for your water feature will generally be determined by its surroundings. For example, if you have relatively limited space to work with, you are going to need to think more vertically than horizontally. If your garden is relatively linear in design, a water feature with a more organic shape could complement it beautifully.

Materials/Colour

Once again, it all comes down to the design of the garden as a whole, when selecting appropriate colours and/or materials. Glass and chrome for example are better suited to more modern and minimalist design themes. By contrast, stone, tiles or natural concrete could be better in a more classic, natural outdoor space. Also think of what you plan to pick from your trade plant nursery when considering colour and contrasts.

Sound

Building a water feature from scratch also means having total control over the sound the water makes. You’ll need to decide whether it’s appropriate to go with a gentle and relaxing trickle. Or perhaps, a more aggressive splashing sound or simply no additional noise whatsoever. Also, never forget that certain plants can add sound to the surrounding area when the wind blows. Consult an expert trade plant nursery for more information.

Weather Conditions

Also worth taking into account is what weather conditions your feature will be exposed to. Specifically, how they could have an effect on its performance and working condition. For example, looking to achieve a gently cascading waterfall effect in an area of the garden that is prone to gale-force winds probably isn’t going to work. Likewise, consider how heavy rainfall may result in overflow or flooding. The same must also be considered when choosing surrounding plants, which may be affected by the weather conditions.

Lighting

Lighting should never be an afterthought when it comes to any aspect of garden design – water features included. You’ll need to consider whether and to what extent the feature should be illuminated internally and/or externally. Once again, so as to complement (or contrast with) its surroundings. You’ll find a variety of specimens in our trade plant nursery that react beautifully with illumination. Be sure to get in touch with the team if you have any questions.

Filtration

Water features that are larger and more ambitious in their overall design should incorporate the necessary filtration systems to keep the water clean. Such systems are available in endless shapes, sizes, specifications and price ranges. You’ll need to ensure the filter you choose is up to the job, in accordance with its power and pump capacity. If in doubt, consult with the experts before making your decision.

Future Focus

Last but not least, think carefully about the garden’s long-term future and establish where, if and to what extent a water feature is appropriate. Consider how the current trees, shrubs and plants in general are likely to grow over the years. Think about how you may wish to change the layout of the garden in general and so on. If unsure, you can consult with a leading trade plant nursery for more information on how specific plants grow.

Our online trade plant nursery has everything you’ll need to create a stunning surrounding for your feature. For more information, get in touch with the Ladybrook team today.

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