From time to time I am asked to help build a suitable water garden or water feature in a garden that my crew maintains. It can be quite a simple job to extremely challenging depending on the garden owners expectation.
A simple water feature may involve a couple of pots, a few rounded boulders and a water pump to present a very attractive and pleasantly sounding addition to the garden.
A birdbath and some driftwood with appropriate plantings can be very satisfying.
An extended wetlands built with waterproof sheeting and all the plantings, rocks, pumps and engineering can be much more extensive, really great to have and pretty expensive to build.
But the feature in the image above has to be the wierdest. Your neighbours need a sense of humour and don’t expect too many birds to visit.
This is a much more attractive and orthodox water feature that would make any gardener smile and maybe crack an amstel at the end of the day.
Ok – So Quentin Bell’s Levitating Lady Sculpture at Charleston Farmhouse garden in Sussex UK may not be available for your own water garden but there are other options available.
Water gardens can range from simple puddles of water to massive elaborate constructions costing – well almost anything.
So the first consideration is the purpose of the water garden. Is it to add an element of reflection, attract birdlife, be a focal point to house wetland type plantings, keep fish and tadpoles or float waterlilies.
The second consideration should be the budget for this project. And water gardens can range from a few rand to almost anything. Add into the budget the cost of maintenance.
The third consideration would probably be to decide if it is a DIY project or a job for a contractor. Small water gardens can easily be created by digging a shallow hole – maybe 500mm to 1m deap and as large as you want and lining it with PVC, surrounding with appropriate plantings, filling with water and job done. This is a weekend project.
Alternatively a more elaborate structure may require gunite or concrete linings and mechanical excavators. Not really an average DIY job but doable. Same principle as building a swimming pool. Easy peasy.
Whatever direction you choose to go, a water garden is an essential part of any holistic and ecologically diversified garden. But build it after the kids have learned to swim. They will play in it and they will run into the house covered in mud.
If You want to build a watergarden and need help – live in the Highway area KZN call Matt – he’ll help. Contact details
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