From small-space bubblers and fountains to large-scale ponds, streams, and waterfalls, custom water features can become the focal point of any yard. Along with being visually appealing, water features add a sense of tranquility to outdoor spaces—they create movement in the landscape and the soothing sound of flowing water can screen out unwanted noise. Water features can also help support birds and other wildlife!

There are a few factors to consider when it comes to choosing the perfect water feature for your backyard, garden, or landscape—the size and slope of your property, access for large equipment and electrical hookups, how you plan to use the water feature in your space, and your budget. There are endless water feature options to suit different needs, preferences, styles, and spaces.

Types of Water Features

Here are some common types of water features for your backyard or garden:

Water Fountains: Fountains are one of the most popular water features and can range from small tabletop fountains to large, elaborate structures. They typically feature a central spout or multiple jets that shoot water into the air, which then cascades or falls back into a basin or pool.

Waterfalls: Waterfalls create a striking cascade of water and are usually designed in a natural style to mimic nature. They can be incorporated into various settings, and they’re best suited when the property has a slope or elevation change that can be utilized to achieve height. Often, there are streams that link between waterfalls that all eventually find their way to a pond.

Spillways: Spillways are channels or grooves that allow water to spill or overflow from one level to another. They can be incorporated into various water features, such as ponds, pools, or retaining walls, and can create a gentle sound of flowing water.

Natural stone bubbler water feature by Dennis' 7 Dees
Natural stone waterfall water feature designed on a sloped landscape by Dennis' 7 Dees

Water Walls: Water walls are vertical features that allow water to flow down a smooth surface. They can be made from various materials such as glass, metal, or stone. Water walls are commonly used in modern and contemporary designs.

Rain Curtains: Rain curtains are created by a series of thin vertical streams of water that fall from an overhead structure, resembling a curtain of rain. They can be used to partition spaces or as decorative elements in outdoor or indoor settings.

Water Jets or Spouts: Water jets or spouts are narrow streams of water that shoot into the air. They can be incorporated into pools, walls, or other structures to create visually striking effects.

Modern water feature design by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping
Modern water feature for small backyard by Dennis' 7 Dees

Streams & Creeks: Simulating the look of a natural watercourse, streams and creeks add a dynamic element to outdoor spaces. They can be created by redirecting water from a source, such as a pond or reservoir, and allowing it to flow gently over rocks and pebbles.

Ponds: Ponds are bodies of water that can be created in various sizes and shapes. They often include water plants, fish, and other aquatic life. Ponds can be enhanced with waterfalls, rocks, and decorative features.

Reflecting Pools: Reflecting pools are shallow pools of water designed to create a mirror-like reflection. They are often found in formal gardens or as part of architectural structures. Reflecting pools can provide a serene and tranquil atmosphere.

Large natural pool with various water features by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping
Serene modern reflecting pool water feature by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping

7 Benefits of Water Features

Here are some key advantages of incorporating water features into your outdoor environment:

1. Aesthetics & Visual Appeal: Water features enhance the visual appeal of any space. They add beauty, elegance, and serenity. The movement and sound of flowing water create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere, which can have a positive impact on mood and well-being.

2. Relaxation & Stress Reduction: The sound of water flowing or gently trickling can have a calming effect, helping to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Spending time near water features can provide a peaceful retreat from the pressures of everyday life, allowing you to unwind and rejuvenate. Water features can even be used as sensory elements in healing gardens.

3. Masking Noise: The sound of flowing water from water features can help to mask unwanted noise from traffic, neighbors, or other sources. The pleasant and soothing sound of water can create a more peaceful and harmonious environment, making it easier to relax and concentrate.

4. Wildlife Attraction: Water features, especially ponds and streams, attract various forms of wildlife, such as birds, butterflies, and frogs. They provide a water source for animals and can create a habitat that supports biodiversity. Watching and interacting with wildlife can be enjoyable and educational for the whole family.

5. Cooling Effect: In outdoor spaces, water features can help to cool the surrounding area. The evaporation of water from fountains or waterfalls can create a natural cooling effect, making the environment more comfortable, especially during hot summer months.

6. Improved Air Quality: Water features help to improve air quality by acting as natural humidifiers. They release tiny water droplets into the air, which can help to moisturize dry environments and reduce dust particles. This can be particularly beneficial in arid or dry climates.

7. Increased Property Value: Well-designed water features can enhance the value of your property. They add curb appeal and make your outdoor spaces more attractive to potential buyers. A thoughtfully integrated water feature can be a standout feature and contribute to a memorable first impression.

Natural stream water feature with boulders custom designed and built by Dennis' 7 Dees

Water features can offer numerous benefits to you and your landscape, both aesthetic and practical. Keep in mind that proper water feature maintenance and consideration of environmental factors are essential to maximize these advantages. Contact us to enhance your property with a custom water feature today!

If you’re interested in creating a water garden with aquatic plants, check out our guide How to Create a Water Garden.

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