Water wonderland

A garden isn’t complete without water. Ponds, pools, fountains, rills, spouts and any other kind of water feature will transform a bland space into the ultimate oasis. How? They will add movement, sound and can help transport the eye from one part of the garden to another – as such they can be used as connecting devices for garden ‘rooms’. Larger features will attract wildlife and allow you to grow an exciting range of aquatic plants. There are lots of different options available to suit every size and style of garden; here are some but for a greater inspiration, take a look at our comprehensive range of images.

A meandering canal through flagstone paving, background of shrubs, old trees and a dry stone wall - © Christa Brand/GAP Photos

A meandering canal through flagstone paving, background of shrubs, old trees and a dry stone wall – © Christa Brand/GAP Photos

The rill thing
A rill is a classic narrow canal that will physically and visually link different parts of the garden together, and can be used to add interest to an otherwise bland sea of paving slabs.

Modern water feature - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Modern water feature – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Spouting on
It can be easy to forget about your vertical space, but a wall mounted spout is a stylish water feature that can be adapted to suit any style of garden.

Modern contemporary garden in Brighton with square metal water feature on decking with wooden panel walls and orange panel - © Clive Nichols/GAP Photos

Modern contemporary garden in Brighton with square metal water feature on decking with wooden panel walls and orange panel – © Clive Nichols/GAP Photos

On reflection…
The perfectly still body of water inside this metal cube has the reflective qualities of a mirror, and is an elegant way to add water in a contemporary space.

Water feature with three rills and pebbles - © Marcus Harper/GAP Photos

Water feature with three rills and pebbles – © Marcus Harper/GAP Photos

Go with the flow
Water gently flows over the edge of these three highly polished metal water spouts into a bed of gleaming pebbles set beneath a low brick wall. Utterly simple, utterly effective.

Water feature in the 'Hae-woo-so (Emptying One's Mind)' garden - Best Artisan Garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 - © Pernilla Bergdahl/GAP Photos

Water feature in the ‘Hae-woo-so (Emptying One’s Mind)’ garden – Best Artisan Garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 – © Pernilla Bergdahl/GAP Photos

Time to relax
The gentle trickle of slow moving water from a spout into a shallow pool provides a relaxing sound that will help you unwind in the garden after a hard day.