One of the most mystifying, stimulating yet relaxing, calming and hypnotic element to be found in nature is water. We are soothed by the sound of waves gently lapping the shoreline or rocking a boat. Most people plan their vacations around water (special fishing trips or beach destinations) and many of us will recite favorite memories that have something to do with water. Whatever the reason, people love being near water. Where once it was simply considered as a life necessity, today it is something to be enjoyed.
This is reflected in the ever-increasing amount of “water feature” enthusiasts; so much so, in fact, that you can buy, practically anywhere, small self-contained units for individual rooms in your home. Of course, in talking about your landscaping project we can be looking at a water fountain or waterfall, a bubbling brook, or an oxygenated pond capable of sustaining aquatic plants and fish. What type of water feature is best for you may depend on how much time, energy, and money you wish to invest, the size of the space you wish to occupy with your water feature, and whether the potential safety of young children is a consideration. Some suggest starting small with a fountainscape or a container water garden, in that they are relatively easy to use, install, require little maintenance, and will allow you to get use to the concept.
Adding a water feature to your home landscaping project can certainly add to the aesthetic appeal of your property, as well as provide you with the ideal “get away” from your daily stressors. Your local landscape professional can help you narrow down the choices to just the right water feature for your property, that will naturally enhance your entertaining and relaxing pleasure.