Water Features for Any Budget

Water features can help turn your landscape into something special, providing a focal point and attracting wildlife. Dive into these water features and come up with some great ideas for your own backyard.

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November 25, 2014

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Pretty in Pink

A whimsical statue and water fountain animate this lovely water feature. Trimmed shrubs and powdery pink Cherry Blossoms surround the pool deck beside a French Provincial home.

Water Wonderland

Interest continues to grow in water features such as waterfalls or small ponds, as pictured in this charming backyard hideaway.

Acres of Water Features

Part grotto, part rock quarry, this unique water feature at an Austin, Texas luxury estate is one of several amenities that also includes pool and spa facilities with up to fourteen waterfalls.

Water Works

A cobalt blue vessel was kitted out as a subtle water feature and sits in a flower bed out front.

Contemporary Backyard With Water Feature

This stunning contemporary home has a neutral exterior with an abundance of windows that showcase a grand spiral staircase, chic living room and other indoor spaces. A narrow backyard water feature showcases black stone accents, while a covered porch area provides the ideal outdoor space for relaxing.

Modern Zen Garden with Water Feature

Large stones serve as restful art in this modern, zen backyard. A classic rock garden features rows of succulents, while subtle lighting accents the wood garden wall and water feature. A shaded seating area rests nearby.

Outdoor Hammock With Nearby Water Feature

Who wouldn’t want to relax in this hammock under Aspen trees? The nearby water feature, made simply out of a galvanized livestock trough, provides a soothing sound for an outdoor nap.

Contemporary Mediterranean Front Entrance

High-back, bamboo chairs provide comfortable, modern outdoor seating in this courtyard. A small, in-ground water feature creates a serene atmosphere before entering the home.

Grounds: Historic Manor House in Newport, RI

Wander for hours around the spacious and beautifully landscaped grounds where 150-year-old oaks and split-leaf beeches hold court over fountains, statues, reflecting pools and rambling lawns.

Luxurious Tropical Swimming Pool With In-Pool Tile, Water Features and Palm Trees

Pool and landscape lighting give a luxurious glow to this tropical swimming pool design. The deep blue of the pool pops against the neutral tones in the landscaping. Small tile structures in the pool support water features, giving the pool a feel of motion. Palm trees complete the oasis vibe and add color to the space.

Contemporary Entryway With Water Feature

This front yard was designed to blend visually stimulating and calming elements to create thought-provoking social spaces. A contemporary water feature spills out over glossy black stones to calm, comfort and unify.

Swimming Pool With Water Feature

Deck jets, or water arches, spout into this raised swimming pool for fun water feature. Plush grass surrounds the pool, taking the place of traditional concrete pool decks.

Swimming Pool Water Feature

Streams of water spout into the swimming pool from the deck creating a fun water feature without being over the top.

Contemporary Water Feature

A simple water feature makes a big impact on this minimalist patio. A strategically placed window allows for viewing from both indoor and outdoor vantage points.
From: Abramson Teiger Architects

Outdoor Wall Water Feature

This water feature adds visual interest to an outdoor space. Greenery adorns the feature and the tri-level water spill creates a calm ambience in the open backyard.

Swimming Pool Water Slide With Stacked Stone Surround and Waterfall

This extravagant outdoor water slide is surrounded by a stone awning and flowing waterfall.

Outdoor Staircase and Water Feature

Talk about a dramatic entrance. Water cascades down a stunning boulder-strewn water feature that curves alongside an outdoor staircase with built-in lighting.

Modern Patio with Water Feature

Landscape architect Colwell Shelor transformed an exposed, conventional brick house on a hill into a bold, modern residence and garden united with the prairie in Dodge City, Kansas. The water feature brings clean lines and a calming element to the award-winning outdoor space.

Contemporary Courtyard is Minimalist, Sophisticated

The Oak Court home in Dallas, Tex., features a simple yet elegant courtyard, perfect for entertaining. Ferns are planted along the entry wall for softness, but the the real showstopper is a sleek water feature with jets that light up at night.

Backyard River Rock Waterfall With Blue Hydrangea

A river rock water feature is surrounded by pockets of plantings, including stunning Hydrangea, in this cottage-style backyard.

Stonehenge Water Feature

Stonehenge is recreated in this outdoor space that includes a geyser, waterfalls, rocks and flowers.

Brick Courtyard With Water Feature

A brick fountain with an arched wall adds tons of charm to this lovely courtyard. Lush greenery and flowers lend privacy to the space, making the metal table and chairs extra inviting.

Tropical Pool With Fountains and Colorful Landscaping

A tile wall runs the length of this crystal-blue swimming pool adding color and including multiple fountains and planters. A built-in hot tub sits to the side of the pool next to a beautifully landscaped patio space with grass growing in a geometric design. A thriving area of flowers, palm trees and ornamental grasses lines the pool with bountiful color.

Contemporary Water Feature and Ornamental Grass

An outdoor space designed by Paul Wrona features a contemporary water feature surrounded by ornamental grasses.

Modern Neutral Patio With Water Feature

This patio features a stone fountain that flows into a pebble-rock bed, and a small seating area, perfect for a chat or a nice meal.

Stacked Stone Wall With Urn Water Feature

A large teal urn sits beneath a brass nozzle built into the stone wall for a one-of-a-kind water feature.

Contemporary Home With Infinity Edge Water Feature

This contemporary home exterior features floor-to-ceiling windows that allow a peek at the home's stunning open floor concept. The backyard boasts an infinity edge water feature.

Colorful Eclectic Courtyard With Copper Water Feature

A water feature is the focal point at the center of this fun and eclectic backyard hangout. A wood structure lined with metal screening encloses spaces to dine, relax and otherwise entertain. Vessels scattered throughout the courtyard hold plantings of various sizes and shapes, bringing life to the space.

Japanese Garden with Stone Water Feature and Small Flowers

A Japanese garden is defined by its careful attention to detail and balance. Here, a small water feature is surrounded by tiny flowers, highlighting an exploration of shape, scale, color and elements.

Cascading Concrete Water Feature With Stone Waterfall Sections

This water feature uses a series of small waterfalls to move around a corner and down in a stair step style. The look of the concrete walls is softened by the flowing water and given color from the natural hues of the interior stone.
From: Teri Koss

A Water Feature in the Style of a Rock Garden Dominates This Sun Room

Hints of tropical climates and lush greenery give this unique swimming pool a touch of the exotic in a design from Beetree Homes and International Kitchens by Design, LLC.

Tuscan-Inspired Courtyard with Water Feature, Fire Pit

Earth, fire and water – this Tuscan-inspired courtyard in Southern California has every element in place. With ample plantings in both containers and beds, the garden has a lush ambiance that ushers users out of the city and straight into an oasis of relaxation. Square terra cotta tiles kick up the charm and add a unique touch.

A Deck with a Lovely Setting and Water and Fire Features

An idyllic outdoor setting is further enhanced by the addition of several water/spa features and a cored boulder fire pit in this creation from Designs By Sundown.

Gardens Galore

Waterfalls and other water features are plenty at this mountain retreat.

Water Fountain Amidst Flower Beds

A water feature made from a black calderon sits in the center of circular formal garden that is full of colorful flower beds.

Swimming pool with exterior wall as waterfall fountain

The exterior wall of a backyard pool provides aesthetic and natural beauty in this innovative design with multiple water features.

Backyard With Water Fountain

A water feature with fountain sits in the center of an area surrounded by a stone wall, plants and a tall dark wood fence.

Cistern Water Fountain in Side Yard

Porch of of HGTV Smart Home 2015 in Austin, Texas

Natural Stone Water Fountain

A natural stone water feature brings tranquility and contemporary style to this fenced overlook with a valley view.

Lakefront Yard with Water Fountain and Patio

The lake is the natural water feature for this backyard in Edina, Minn., where Southview Design also added a small round fountain and pond.

Elegant Fountains

This stunning water feature includes two spouts on either end that stream into the stone base below. Wouldn't this make the perfect wishing fountain?

Contemporary Concrete Patio

This patio incorporates a soothing water feature into a sea of concrete and river rocks. Steps lead the way to a studio addition nestled into the hillside.

Neutral Stone Fountain With Floral-Carved Design

This stone waterfall fountain creates a stunning focal point in the garden landscape. An intricate carved design in a whimsical vine pattern gives added visual interest and texture in the space.

Backyard Paradise

What can a square backyard do? House a phenomenal place to swim. This shot of a backyard swimming pool by BioNova Natural Pools demonstrates how an average yard can be transformed into a living water paradise!

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