Create a Tranquil Haven: Unforgettable Garden Water Feature Ideas for Your Outdoor Oasis

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You couldn’t be more proud of the work you invested in polishing your backyard. The perfectly manicured grass, the artistically trimmed hedges and trees and the vibrant beds all speak of the time and effort you put into creating a natural oasis. Still, you feel like your property doesn’t quite stand out from the rest of the neighbourhood. A water feature could be the unique touch you’ve been looking to give your landscape design a boost. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, having a water garden feature, such as a garden fountain or small pond, in your landscape has many benefits. 

Feeling stressed lately? According to studies, the sound of running water reduces tension and even lowers heart rate and blood pressure. The sound of running water is also an excellent approach to blocking out unpleasant noises like traffic, construction equipment, etc. Not to mention, your feathered companions will value the opportunity to visit your garden for a refreshing sip or to splash the dirt off their wings. 

create a tranquil haven unforgettable garden water feature ideas for your outdoor oasis

When it comes to garden water features, they don’t need to be complicated, a simple garden edging would do. Often the most straightforward designs have the greatest impact. It’s important though, to consider what it is about a certain water feature that appeals to you. Do you prefer a serene and silent water feature, the soft tinkling sound of falling water, or a dramatic flow? All of these aspects will affect the design and style of the water feature you choose. Check out these creative water feature ideas and find out which one is right for you.



    The simple pond is by far the most popular sort of garden water feature. For most homeowners, nothing’s better than unwinding next to their backyard pond while enjoying the sound of trickling water. Ponds are also great for attracting additional wildlife to your landscape. Local insects, toads, frogs, newts, birds, and other animals will be attracted to your pond and will gladly utilise it as a breeding site, food supply, and water source. 

    You can either build your pond or buy it ready-made at a store that sells garden water features. Ready-made ponds are easy and quick to assemble and can be installed on any flat surface. 

    If you prefer you can also dig a hole for your ready-made pond, so the water is levelled with the surrounding ground. You may add fountains, pumps, and rockeries to your pond to create more elements and make it truly one-of-a-kind. 

    Building a pond will involve excavation of the required size and depth, followed by installing a special pond liner, which can be secured around the edges with paving slabs or pebbles. 

    Water Blades

    Water blades are a form of water feature that has gained a lot of popularity recently, especially in modern gardens. A water blade, as its name suggests, consists of a metallic blade that modifies the flow of water to create a continuous curtain of water that falls like a waterfall into a pond or reservoir. Additionally, LED light kits may be added to illuminate the water’s blade at night, producing a very magnificent water spectacle.

    Since water blades are often placed into brick walls, they are not always the most affordable alternative and may require expert assistance to build the wall. Without question, water blades may appear magnificent and offer a show-stopping feature in the appropriate location, which is sure to impress your family and friends.



    If you want to add water to your yard but lack the space, purchasing your fountain is the ideal solution. Fountains are common additions to ponds and pools, but you can also find models that are self-contained and don’t require a lot of space. 

    Self-contained fountains are available in an almost infinite range of styles and shapes, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that suits your garden and budget. 

    If you want to hear the sound of splashing or falling water in your yard, fountains are fantastic solutions.

    Water Sculpture 

    Sculptures or works of art are examples of more stylised water feature ideas. They can be made from many materials, such as steel, stone, or even recycled materials to produce distinctive, sculptural works, and are frequently used to draw the eye to a focal point or vista.

    Select a water feature sculpture that responds to and interacts with the area for which it is being created. To ensure that it can be viewed from a variety of perspectives, think about where you’re going to place it. A water feature sculpture can be included and add to the sensory experience of a garden more subtly than other types of garden sculpture.

    Water Bowls

    Water bowls are nothing more than decorative bowls that hold water that drips or pours from a nearby spout. They are comparable to both waterfalls and birdbaths. When the bowl is full, it overflows, usually onto beautiful rocks that conceal an underground reservoir. The water is then returned to the spout by being circulated from the reservoir. 

    Water bowls can be positioned wherever you like in the garden, but they’re especially helpful in shaded spots where they help reflect light. They are simple to assemble and come in a variety of designs, from elegant stone bowls to modern-looking, sleek metal bowls.



    By adding a decorative birdbath, you’ll be attracting more wildlife to your backyard. Songbirds need to drink and bathe, and it is enjoyable to see them perch on the edge of birdbaths, dip their beaks in the water, or splash in the water.

    A birdbath can serve as a focal point amid garden beds. This is the perfect solution for a courtyard garden. It’s also the least disruptive solution to an existing garden as it requires no use of pumps or filters. 

    Keep in mind that birds don’t bathe in deep water. According to the experts, the level of water in your birdbath should be about two inches or less. They also suggest adding some stones to the interior if the surface is too smooth so they have something to hold onto. To enjoy the spectacle of birds enjoying this water feature year-round, place it where it can be seen from your home.

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    Written by Brad Smith

    CEO & Lead Interior Designer

    Brad Smith is an experienced interior designer and the founder of With a Master's degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute and a passion for creating safe and healthy living spaces, Brad shares his expert insights and innovative design ideas with our readers. His work is driven by the belief that home is where every story begins.