10 Stunning Outdoor Water Feature Ideas
Is there anything more relaxing than the sound of gently trickling water? If you’re not lucky enough to have a babbling brook running through your garden (which, let’s face it, applies to most of us), you can easily achieve the sound effect by installing a water feature. As well as that soothing sound, water features can really add to the aesthetics of your garden too. There are so many designs out there, with options to suit every budget and every size of outdoor space. Here are some of our favourites:
If you’re on a budget, or renting and unable to make big changes to your outdoor space, a DIY water feature could be just the ticket. The simplest ones can be made with a couple of pots or other containers, some stones and a cheap, solar-powered pump. The downside to solar-powered features is that you’ll only get that trickling water sound when the sun is shining brightly, but you can also buy your own mains pump if you have a safe outdoor power outlet. Search online for inspiration on how to create your very own custom-made water feature.
2. Corten Steel Water Table
Wow visitors to your garden with a statement water table, like this one made from Corten steel. This type of metal, also known as weathering steel, starts out a blue-grey colour and turns to a striking bright orange over time. It might look rusty, but the effect is actually an outer layer that makes the metal on the inside even stronger and resistant to the elements. This feature is a real talking point: the water is slowly raised before cascading over into the stream at the sides of the table. Plus it comes with LED lights to keep it glowing during those evening garden gatherings.
3. Water bowls
Water features don’t have to flow or make a noise, as these elegant steel water bowls prove. Perfect for a minimalist or zen garden, they reflect the sky and plants around them for a simple and calming effect. Made from durable, powder-coated steel, these water bowls are available in a choice of sizes and this huge array of colours, so you can find the exact shade to tie in with your look. You can also choose the Corten steel water bowl if you’d like yours made of the weathering steel mentioned above.
4. Landscaped Cascades
This stylish trio of waterfalls works beautifully with the benches, alpine plants and succulents that surround it. The neat blades of water are visually calming and we’re sure they sound as good as they look. If you wanted to create a design similar to this but incorporate a more urban or industrial look, you could work with metal garden edging.
5. Pondless Waterfall
If you prefer a more organic-looking waterfall, this one can be created using stones and rocks. It’s ‘pondless’, which means it is on a constant loop and the water keeps flowing, rather than running into a pond. It could come straight out of nature and looks (and sounds) exactly like having a stream meandering through your yard.
6. Corten Steel Float Bowl
If you’re fortunate enough to have a body of water in your outdoor space, this floating feature adds interest and a sense of calm. Made of tough, rust-coloured Corten steel, it glides serenely across the surface of a pond or lake. At night, the bowl really comes into its own when you light the chunky wick. It’s essentially a giant, floating candle, which looks truly magical on an evening under the stars.
7. Copper Tree Water Feature
This totally tropical-looking water feature evokes exotic holidays on sunny shores. Sculpted from copper, its design is inspired by the ever-popular house plant monstera deliciosa, also known as the Swiss cheese plant. Here, delicate sprays of water drip down from the edges of the large leaves like rain. A truly stunning sculptural piece.
8. Metal Water Wall
Perhaps we’re biased, but metal and water truly are a beautiful combination. And as long as you choose the right type of metal, there’s no need to worry about rust. This unusual, petal-patterned water wall is crafted from stainless steel. We love how the shiny metal reflects the landscape around it.
9. Traditional Stone Fountain
Of course, water features don’t all have to be clean lines and modern shapes. In some gardens, a more traditional feature suits the space. Classic stone fountains like this are evocative of stately homes and look grand with roses and neatly-trimmed hedges like the ones shown here. If you don’t quite have the budget for carved stone, you can pick up a resin replica for a fraction of the price.
10. Corten Steel Cascade Pond
Can’t decide exactly what you want from your water feature? This cascade pond could be the one. Featuring two levels of ponds, a water wall cascade and a waterfall, it’s a water feature packed with watery features. Made of Corten steel, this stylish, all-in-one water feature makes an attractive centrepiece in any outdoor space.