Waters gardens have been in existence since ancient times. The ancient Chinese held the properties of water very highly, and found them to be very relaxing. The features themselves have changed little over the years, although modern technology has seen the introduction of pumps and lighting to create more intricate designs.
People who would like to install a water garden now have the ability to create some very extravagant features. There are a variety of lighting options available, and sculptures can be added for decoration. In addition, a water garden can be designed in such a way as to include pumps to create fountains or waterfalls. Of course, a very pleasing feature can still be created with still water, but people often prefer the sight and sound of running water.
Creating a water garden can be a very enjoyable DIY project, and it may not actually be as difficult as some people would imagine. Before beginning it is important to have a budget, and to know where the water feature is to be positioned. If plants and fish are to be included then they will have to receive a lot of direct sunlight to be healthy.
The size of a water garden will vary depending on the size of the area it is installed in, and what its purpose will be. Generally they should be a minimum of two feet deep. Once the area has been set out the ground will need to be dug. The hole should then be covered with pond underlay, and then rubber pond liner.
This feature can be decorated in any way seen fit. Many people surround the feature with stones or rocks, lighting, and plants. If a waterfall or fountain is desired then a water pump will need to be installed. After the water has been introduced, it may have to be dechlorinated, and any aquatic plants should be added as soon as possible.
Many people favor water lilies and water hyacinths. It is also very popular to introduce goldfish, although if this is the case then a water filter will be required. Also, it is important that the water garden is not situated under any overhanging branches of trees, firstly because it will prevent it from receiving any sun, and secondly because leaves and branches will fall into the water and it will require regular clearing.
Water gardens will always require some general maintenance so that the water is suitable and the plants and animals are healthy. It is well worth the effort, however, as they enhance any garden space. They provide a beautiful feature to be enjoyed all the year round.
There is no element in nature that can appear as dramatic and calming at the same time as water. The sound of a roaring waterfall, a splash in a fountain, the silent whispers of a small stream or the laughing noise of water tumbling over rocks are all soothing music to the ears of gardening enthusiasts. Nothing beats the sight of afternoon sunlight sparkling on the running waterfall, making each droplet look like a precious a diamond, the rippling disturbance created by sweet winds over the surface of a pool or the reflection of the vast blue sky in still water.
Because of the immense satisfaction and peace of mind it provides, water gardening is the most popular form of horticulture. Though the modern horticulture texts consider this challenging and rewarding art as relatively new, the actual practice of it dates back to several hundreds of years. Digging into the historical archives reveals that civilizations everywhere like Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome, China and even Arabia practiced this form of gardening to add aesthetic value to their palaces, public regions, homes and places of devotion.