Water Features for Your Yard

Water introduces movement, noise and wildlife, and has a place in the family yard as long as you choose an appropriate and safe water feature.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited


The creation of a naturalistic stream and waterfall is a major undertaking requiring skill and knowledge, but it has an exciting and dynamic presence in the yard, and will be enjoyed by all family members.

Timber Decking

A timber platform over a pond can be used as a dipping stage for examining the inhabitants. A net and container filled with pond water will reveal a hidden world. Children must be supervised when enjoying such an engrossing pastime.

Wildlife Pond

Every pond attracts wildlife, but you can make yours more appealing with a sloping bank by which frogs and other creatures can enter and leave. Frog spawn and some insect larvae are eaten by fish, so keep them in a separate pond.

Formal Pond

The stepping stones on this geometric pond dare you to walk across, so it would not be a suitable feature for families with young children. It could be enjoyed safely by supervised older children or teenagers, however, as would its modern design.


A fountain is a great help in keeping the water in a pond healthy and oxygenated. It also makes a lovely noise, and this bench—hidden by planting—makes a peaceful place for any member of the family to come and sit and read quietly.


It is important to get the right mix of plants. Deep water aquatics, such as water lilies, help to shade the surface to prevent algal bloom. You should also include marginal plants at the edges of the pond and oxygenators in the depths.

Bubble Pool

If you have no space for a pond, or are worried about the safety implications for young children, you can still introduce water in the form of a bubble pool. Water trickles over this urn and collects in a tank underneath, then is pumped back up.

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