A water garden is an area of your landscape that will give you soothing sounds of water while also contributing to the overall features of your landscape. These sounds will be provided by an area of your landscape known as a water feature. The water garden is a project that requires careful “planning” on your part to ensure its ongoing success. If you are one of the few people who are fortunate enough to have space in their yard for a water garden, you are already one step ahead of many other gardeners. Let’s have a little conversation about the planning process for your water garden.
Learn both what you like and what is successful.
Take a tour of your area and keep an eye out for vegetation that does well in your zone as you drive about. You may make a note of what you see on index cards, which will keep your thoughts well-organized and close at hand.
Begin saving magazine cuttings and start collecting images of various design options. This information will be helpful to you as you consider the various garden styles. You now have an easy reference for the plants and where they should be placed.
Plan positioning of the water garden.
The following are some key considerations about the positioning of a water garden that is sometimes overlooked: Are there any young people living in your neighborhood? If you have children of your own or if you reside in an area with children, you should locate your water garden in a spot that is not too far away from your main residence. You will want to have a clear view of what is “happening” near the water at all times. Children are naturally inquisitive, and they like playing in the water. Even if your children are playing in the yard, you won’t need to worry about your water garden as much if you can keep an eye on what’s going on in it since you’ll be able to see it.
Get close to the water source.
Do you have a natural spring on your property where the grass is grown? It will be much simpler to maintain the success of your water garden if you make use of a natural spring or other water sources when you are designing a waterfall to be installed in the water garden. Even if you do not have access to a natural spring or other sources of water, you may still have a water garden by installing a waterfall; however, this will need more “work” on your part to get the desired “special effect.”
Follow the topography of the property.
It’s crucial to know how your property is laid out. The topography of your property should be taken into consideration while designing a water garden. This topic will be covered in more detail in subsequent articles. If you are fortunate enough to have a lawn that is level, you may divide your water garden into a number of different sections.
It might be difficult to design a yard that has hills and slopes, but if you make use of the slope in your lawn, you can build a water garden that eliminates the need for a “wet spot” in the yard.
Consider the visibility of guests & neighbors.
The majority of water gardens are extensions or additions to the existing natural environment. In order to entice and invite your friends to the water garden for picnics, for engaging in conversation, and for just sitting in pleasure: Make sure the water garden can be seen from the path leading up to your house when you design it.
The water garden that your guests and visitors view as they enter your house is an asset to both your property and the discourse that takes place there.
Choose a color scheme.
Next, go over your notes and cuttings and decide what kind of color scheme you would want to use in your garden. Choose the area and shade you want. Remember to take into consideration whether you will be creating and planting in shade, sun, partial shade, or partial sun as you do so.
If you don’t feel comfortable choosing colors, you may use a color wheel to assist you in picking colors that contrast with one and colors that complement one another.
Are you searching for something lively and exciting, or do you prefer something that is more mellow and relaxing? If you want to add more seasonal color to your garden, you may want to start with a base of shrubs and then accent it with some perennials, bulbs, ornamental grasses, and annuals. It’s possible that you desire every bloom.
Choose a form that is complementary to the architectural design of your home.
Curved designs have a more casual vibe to them, in contrast to the more official impression that straight lines produce.
Make a list and start planning.
Use a piece of paper and a pen to write down what you want to achieve with your water garden when you are in the planning stages of creating it. Your list should begin with the use of personal reasons, value reasoning, boosting, or modifying the general appearance of your environment.
On the other hand, you could just be looking for a spot to be alone. These are the kinds of things you want to put down on your list. With the help of this list, you’ll be able to properly plan “where” your water garden will go so that it complements both you and your ideas.