Archives for April 2014

Water features – Part 2

Last time we looked at ponds in detail, this time we are going to look at water features.

Contemporary-water-features

Contemporary water features

Water features tend to have a lot less water than ponds. This is because, usually, there is a reservoir underneath the feature which pumps the water into it and it recirculates.

Because there’s less water on show, it means it easier to keep it clean and because there isn’t the plant and wildlife aspect with most water features, you can also clean them out each year and start again with fresh water.

Where to place a water feature in your garden

With ponds, you do need to take into account how much sunlight etc that they are getting, but not so with a water feature. This gives you considerably more options for where you place it.

I like to think of a water feature as a focal point. So try to line up your water feature with either the view from the window you look out from the most, or perhaps at the end of the path, or sight line down the garden.

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Water features work well raised up in decks and patios – you can then sit on the edge for extra seating.

You can also incorporate a water feature into your patio or deck. This can be a very pleasant addition, as you have not only the visual aspect, but you also have the sound of running water. Do be careful on the size of feature you have though, you don’t want the running water sound to be too overpowering or you will need frequent trips to the bathroom!

If you do decide to add a water feature into a patio or deck area, consider having raised sides to it, so that it can double up as some where to sit.

Water features also lend themselves to being lit up. By adding a few lights around the water feature and in it as well, you can create some absolutely stunning effects at night.

What type of water feature should you have?

There are so many different styles of water features you can choose, from drilled rocks, that have the water pumped up through the centre of them which trickles down the sides, to old-fashioned water pumps and pots overflowing with water etc. The limit really is down to your imagination, or what’s available in the garden centres if you’re going to buy one. Though do consider making something yourself.

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Drilled natural stone water features (available from Creative Stone Ltd in UK)

The main thing with water features, is to have the right size reservoir of water beneath it. The reservoirs are usually a really strong, large plastic container with a plastic lid with holes drilled in it, or a heavy duty galvanised metal mesh over the top. The feature then sits on top of the reservoir, which is hidden with cobbles etc.

It’s usually a really sensible precaution to get a stopcock put in the reservoir, because on a windy day, or really hot weather, there’s a lot of water loss and you don’t want to burn the pump out if the water level gets too low. Also, some water features do splash water outside of the area of the reservoir.

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Rustic style water features

BUT do be warned, water features alone will NOT give you a stunning garden – you have to get the design layout right first. If you don’t know how to do that then…

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[DESIGN SHOW 8] Garden plants – how to choose the right landscape plants for your garden

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In this episode, professional, international garden designer Rachel Mathews will discuss her tricks of the trade for choosing the right plants for your garden.

Learn how to avoid the BIGGEST planting mistakes

She’ll show you how to avoid the most common planting mistakes and help you save money at the garden centre.

To plant a garden successfully, it’s critical that you get the right plant in the right place. So a bit of time spent researching which plants will grow in the conditions you have in your garden will make the world of difference to your success.

Rachel will show you a case study garden that she’ll be creating a planting plan for in the next episode. If you’d like to answer her question and tell her how you would make the planting border bigger.

The 3 Fundamentals of Choosing Plants

  1. RIGHT PLANT, RIGHT PLACE
  2. ALLOW ENOUGH SPACE
  3. GET THE RIGHT HEIGHTS

It’s important that the plants you choose are not only going to grow well in your garden, but also look good. So what makes a garden worthy plant? For starters, don’t be seduced into buying a plant just because it’s rare or unusual. If you need a magnifying glass to see its leaves or flowers, it’s probably not garden worthy as it won’t have the impact in the garden.

Choosing plants that are multifunctional (they do more than just flower) will make for much better planting schemes. So have a list and tick off if you are choosing a plant only for its flowers or if it has additional benefits like evergreen foliage, an interesting shape etc.

The 3 Fundamentals of Plant Combining

  1. MULTIFUNCTIONAL PLANTS
  2. STAR PERFORMERS
  3. COLOUR

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BUT do be warned, plants alone will NOT give you a stunning garden – you have to get the design layout right first. If you don’t know how to do that then…

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