The long days of summer and warmer nights are entice us to stay outdoors. With this tempting offer to dine outside and enjoy the colorful  sunset on your patio why not enhance your outdoor experience with the dazzling effects of water.

A water features can enhance a landscapes environment by creating a mood, improving the surrounding aesthetics, or just liven up a garden space. These features can be as simple or complex as you want to make them. There are a variety of options that can be explored for every size and shape yard. Like most projects it’s best to spend some time planning the area your new feature will be placed. From there you can use your imagination to construct the shape and size feature you would like to enjoy. To get started here are some ideas to spark your thoughts.

Many people enjoy the look of a natural looking water feature that mimics the sight and sounds of a meandering mountain stream. The use of Native boulders can be used and placed around your mounded feature creating a stream like waterfall that will flow gently down tumbling into a pond (or pondless) basin below. These types of water features can then be accented nicely by surrounding them with scattered aspens, flowing grasses, or brightly colored flowers creating a wonderful stream environment.

For a simpler and perhaps more artistic feature many homeowners have started accenting their landscape with bubbling rocks. From towering spires to rounded boulders this type of water feature makes a statement in the garden and can create a welcoming display at any homes entrance. The soft flow of water bubbling out of each rock spills down to the ground creating a soft sound and soothing environment. This type of water feature can be very compact and easily placed around the smallest of landscapes.

To add the soft sounds of flowing water to your landscape a nicely placed pot in your yard can be easily converted to a fabulous water feature. This is a great opportunity to pick a brightly colored or patterned pot to brighten up an area in your yard and still provide the calming effects of water. This type of water display will fill the pot with water and allow it to slowly flow over the edge of the pot splashing onto decorative rock placed around the base. It can be just enough to change the atmosphere of a small space or garden.

With designs from the exotic to simplistic there is a variety of options for all landscape types. Many features are also designed so they can simply hang on an outside wall providing a decorative feature as well as provide the sounds of delicately flowing water. Keep in mind that all of these types of water feature will involve some installation and need access to both electricity and a water source. This may be important when placing your new water feature around your yard.