Garden design water features ideas

The large French limestone fountain offers a dramatic touch to balance the clean lines of the pool. The running water offers a peaceful sound, and pumps are used to re-circulate the water.

Water Sculpture

The soft sound of water falling from this single fountain masks other unwanted noise. This is placed in a backyard where the sun shines in the midday.

Cool Offerings

The sun beats down for most of the day in this backyard, and this trio of fountains gives the homeowners a bit of a reprieve from the intense heat.

Bubbling Boulder

A granite rock fountain bubbles just enough to create movement in this landscaped garden. The soft-blue grape hyacinths and white starflowers add contrast to the boulder and red bricks.

Garden Gazebo

A multilevel stream washes down from the gazebo, appearing as a miniature lock for toy boats. The gazebo blends into the background of the landscape using colors from nature. The brick that edges the water feature is repeated at the base of the gazebo.

Making an Entrance at Night

The five illuminated jets make the fountain come alive at night. This was a collaborative effort involving Land Identity as the landscape architect; Crystal Pool & Spa as the pool contractor; and Curb Appeal Design, which handled the stonework around the fountain and throughout the garden as well as lighting and landscaping.

Nature’s Elements

This boulder with a bamboo spigot was installed in a low-water garden in California. This design brings sound and a moving element to the garden. Re-circulating features are great because they are low in cost and don’t waste money. Also, with moving water, you don’t have to worry about mosquitoes.

Looks Like It’s Always Been There

This fountain is deceptive because it looks like it was custom-designed for this Spanish Mediterranean home, and has been part of the yard for years. It’s actually a prefabricated modular unit that was installed in a brightly colored courtyard. The homeowner wanted the sound of water in the yard, but not the expense of a custom fountain.