Why consider a water garden? Well what is more soothing to the soul than to reflect upon or hear the sound of water? This is why so many of us see a water feature as an integral part of our garden and luckily we live in an era where we have so many choices, from a magestic waterfall cascading over rocks into a pool to water tinkling in a small courtyard pond.I must say one of my favourite gardens Ripponlea in Melbourne has a wonderful myriad of man made lakes with a childrens grotto that leads through a tunnel on to a small beach under a rock waterfall, pure magic!.
Having just come out of a lengthy drought to a deluge of rain it dosent take long to forget all those key words we have been bombarded with, drought tolerant, water wise, sustainable use of water phrases that i am sure will be back, as we are a land of droughts and flooding rains. Though water awareness is to be considered, many water features such as fountains and waterfalls use reticulated water which is very economical when creating your water garden. We can also make our water garden work for us in the construction of a dam/lake which not only provides us with a source of water but with clever planting can provide us with an oasis to while away many a summers afternoon swimming, boating and relaxing.
Not all of us have the space or finances to construct some of the water features mentioned above but there are numerous ready made water structures on the market . These can be easily assembled at home and provide our garden with an element of water. A small fish pond is another idea, though planting of aquatic plants is essential to oxygenate still water. We at Abben Art can provide specialist advice on what water feature would suit your individual and landscape needs and implement its design and constrution. Incorporating a water feature is a truely magnificent addition to any garden.