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What is water gardening?

Water garden in a pond
A pond with a selection of water plants

Nothing can quite transform a garden landscape like a water feature. Whether it's a dramatic waterfall or a quiet water pond, garden water features work magic on any garden landscape, providing a focal point and soothing the soul. Moving water provides delightful background music and masks traffic noise. There is something about the sight and sound of water that attracts and fascinates people. In fact water is just short of hypnotic. Not only people, but also wildlife is drawn to garden water features and garden ponds. The type of wildlife depends on the size of the water feature in your garden. The sight and sound of water has always drawn the interest of people. Garden water features add an appealing element to a garden.

Water gardens can include garden fountains, waterfalls, and small garden ponds and elaborate combinations of rockwork and landscape lighting. From the glitter of a sunbeam reflecting from the water, the tinkle of a tiny garden fountain, the scent of a beautiful tropical water-lily, to the lazy lacy motion of a long finned koi, every sense is both stimulated and soothed by a garden pond. It invites you to sit down and to reflect with it, making water gardening very desirable.

Apart from being fascinating and hypnotic, water features have always been a basic part of gardens from the earliest times. Water gardens date back to the Babylonians and Egyptians who used them as the focal points of their courtyards. This tradition continues today. A small water garden adds a cool, lush look to the garden landscape with less effort than a "planted in the soil" garden twice the size. A natural pond creates the feel of tranquility and calmness. A well-designed reflecting garden pond will be an asset to any garden as it has the ability to transform an ordinary garden into an extraordinary showpiece. Recently garden water features and water gardens in particular have become very popular and the market is overflowing with different types of garden ponds and other water features for the garden. We are so spoilt for choice; there are flexible plastic liners, inexpensive water pumps, pre-fabricated garden ponds, cascades, water plants and fish to choose from.

The creation of this tranquil little water garden within an existing garden is not difficult. There are as many ways to accomplish it. It can be tiny, maybe even in a container water garden on the porch or patio. It can be huge, a natural bottomed wetland environment, filled with wildlife, both visiting and resident. Birds, dragonflies, butterflies, frogs and even the occasional fox have been observed to visit water gardens in urban neighborhoods. For most of us the size of the water garden is somewhere in between, and the planning and building of garden water features can be as much of a joy as the end result. It really does not matter whether you have a small townhouse garden, balcony, patio or large garden, there is sure to be a water feature of the correct size, shape and style to suit your needs and desires. Even the smallest imaginable garden (a small fountain on a table top for instance) can be enhanced with a micro water feature and the appropriate plants and accessories.

In this section we aim to provide you with enough guidelines to create your very own garden pond, water feature or water garden.