16 Landscape Ideas for Water Features

Get inspired by these innovative water features.

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Intimate Garden Room With Fountain

Here's an idea for transforming an enclosed grass-covered courtyard into a visual showpiece: install a small formal pond and fountain as a dividing line, with lush aquatic vegetation as border elements.

Blue Tile Resort-Style Spa and Pool

What could be a better setting for a resort-style spa and pool than this backyard, which offers a magnificent view of rolling hills and fields? Stunning by day or night, the blue tilework is accented by the water's reflective surfaces. www.amslandscapedesign.com

Sunken Garden With Showcase Fountain

Inspired by the Sissinghurst Castle in England, this sunken garden in southern California is divided into quadrants with colorful flower beds bordering the garden's edge. A large copper pot transformed into a fountain sits in a small pond that serves as the focal point of this garden space. gracedesignassociates.com

Stylish Pipe-Shaped Fountains

If you live in a desert climate, you might consider this minimalistic but modern approach to a water feature. Pipe-like fountains in a bed of ornamental rocks stand out against the desert vegetation in a sunny open courtyard. deboracarl.com

Spa With Glass-Tiled Water Wall

A private tree-lined garden makes an ideal setting for this stylish glass-tiled spa retreat. The warm lighting scheme brings out the spa's visual beauty by night. www.amslandscapedesign.com

Stone-on-Stone Water Fountain

Blending into its natural surroundings, this unique rock fountain is ideally situated amidst a rustic landscape of pebbles, stones, gravel and flowering plants. gracedesignassociates.com

Urn-Like Fountain in a Garden Pool

This garden spa accented by a bubbling urn, Spanish tiles and multiple accent spillways is intimate and charming. www.amslandscapedesign.com

Koi Pond With Waterfall

A traditional pond stocked with koi and accented with a small waterfall is given a final playful touch with the inclusion of a plastic floating alligator. www.atlantawatergardens.com

Backyard Pool With Wall of Spillways

This dramatic backyard landscape features a decorative pool served by a stonework fountain wall with numerous spillways. www.liquidscapes.net

Pond, small waterfall and stream

Transform your backyard into a private nature preserve with a liquid landscape that includes a pond, a stream and a small waterfall with rocks, plants and trees as border elements. www.landscapeeast.com

Limestone Urn Fountains Spilling Into a Pool

Contemporary limestone urn spillways and clean-cut stone paving transform this pool feature into a work of art. www.amslandscapedesign.com

Swimming Pool in Country Estate Setting

A serene country estate pool is accented by boxwood hedging, custom wood fencing, sandstone coping, and decking made of a tumbled clay paver blend. The cabana in the background includes a full kitchen and bar and two-tiered spa. www.liquidscapes.net

Multi-Level Ponds With Cascade Feature

A long rectangular waterway was constructed on two levels and bridged by descending stone steps for a cascading water effect. The compact design is set off by landscaped focal points and earth-toned planters. www.exteriorscapes.com

Stone-Colored Fountain With Bamboo Water Feeder

Sometimes a simple water feature like this decorative fountain with a bamboo water delivery system can transform an area of your yard into a zen garden. gracedesignassociates.com

Romanesque Pond With Sculpture

In homage to a Roman courtyard, this raised lily pond decorated with potted plants and sculpture provides a wonderful centerpiece between two garden walkways. www.atlantawatergardens.com

Home Entrance Accented by Pond

Small multi-level waterfalls emptying into a decorative lagoon set off by exposed layers of intricate stonework is a novel way to greet guests arriving at the entrance to your home. www.liquidscapes.net