Water features introduce many interesting elements to your garden including the sound of running water, and different habitats in and around the water for many different types of plants, fish and frogs. A small pond can add another element to your enjoyment of your outdoor living space. If low maintenance is your main goal a pondless waterfall might be just the thing. A small stream of water is like a magnet to the birds on a hot summers day and the sound of a small waterfall or fountain can be very relaxing.
Ecosystem Pond with Waterfalls and Stream- Newtown Square, Delaware County, PA 19073
This pond was constructed at our office here in Newtown Square in April of 2011; the wall and patio in the fall of 2010. These photos show many facets of our work besides the pond including the patio, walls, steps, landscaping and landscape design, landscape lighting, and also the importance of the view from inside. You are welcome to make an appointment to see it and other features in our Display Garden. There are more photos of the pond construction on the Ponds & Water Features page of this website and on the Pond Construction Album of our Facebook Page
This pond was constructed at our office here in Newtown Square in April of 2011; the wall and patio in the fall of 2010. You are welcome to make an appointment to see it and other features in our Display Garden. There are more photos of this pond’s construction on the Pond Construction Album of our Facebook Page
You can see a video of the pond with a few plantings and new steps on YouTube
Here is the same pond about 3 years later with the plantings grown, and many of them in full bloom in June on YouTube
Here is the pond with lights – taken in March. Night lighting with low voltage LED lights can bring hours of additional beauty to your landscape; plus by highlighting only the best views your yard can look better at night than it does during the day.
Here is the view looking out the window from the house. You can see how the proximity to the house can be used to enhance the view, and the advantage used here of having the hill falling toward the house. If you go back to the before photos in the construction details above, this advantage is not necessarily obvious to the amateur.
Fountains and Small Water Features
Fountains and small water features can be the right choice for the smaller property or the person who wants the benefits of water in the garden without the maintenance. The also is a cost benefit for a smaller water feature.
Aquascape Fountain with Aquabasin – Wynnewood, Montgomery County, PA 19096
Shown here is a Aquascape fountain with some of the materials involved. All that was used here was an Aquabasin, a pump, and an urn that was already prepared as a fountain.
After: Finished fountain with low voltage LED lights, so fountain can be seen and enjoyed at night. Fountain can be turned off when you are not at home.
A short video showing the finished fountain and the sound of the water from the fountain. Low voltage LED lights are also installed so the fountain can be enjoyed at night.
Large Manufactured Concrete Fountain – Merion, Montgomery County, PA 19066
This fountain and landscaping was set off with a bed of Peas Gravel bordered with paving brick. Conduit for electricity was buried under the pea gravel bed so an electrician could put in a GFCI outlet. The area was planted before the water feature was selected. The owners picked out and purchased the water feature and we installed it after the electrician installed the proper outlet. This was one part of a larger renovation project.
Click here to see the patio with landscaping.
After with Landscaping before installation of Fountain
After: With Fountain and landscaping a few years after planting.
Small Back Yard Pond, Stream & Waterfall – Lansdowne, Delaware County, PA 19050
This backyard pond has the water pumped up into a small stream created on the upper level and originates behind a tree to hide the source. The stream reenters the pond with a small waterfall. the pond also has a small fountain and the pump can be regulated to send more water to the stream or the fountain. This small pond was constructed with a pre-formed PVC pond liner, with an EPDM liner used for the upper stream. It was constructed before we started using the Aquascape system. Grasses, irises, hosta, and other plants commonly seen near water were used to landscape around the pond.
This idea borrowed from Japan uses rounded river rocks to simulate water. Small boulder are used on the edges and plantings are made up of plants commonly seen growing near water. This type of garden is not affected by drought restrictions and does not need the maintenance sometimes necessary with water features. This garden is viewed when entering residence and can be seen from the second floor living area.