32 Photos - Apr 3, 2015
Photo: Most of the plants in this pond are edible!Photo: See the chain of silver spheres? Rain is guided from the downspouts, across an arbor, to this chain where the water falls into an evaporation pond where is used to water the surrounding edible plantings.Photo: This Asian-influenced garden has a peaceful feel with it's pond, weeping Ponderosa pine and Japanese statuary.Photo: If there's room, a bridge over the creek allows one to walk through the garden and around the pond - an interACTIVE garden!Photo: This recirculating waterfall has no standing water so the homeowner gets all the sound and none of the mosquitoes.Photo: Plantings soften the waterfeature, helping it blend into the landscape.Photo: Water deserves a place in any landscape.Photo: Detailing is KEY. Ensuring each rock is in JUST the right place so it not only looks beautiful but also guides the water and makes sure it stays where it’s supposed to.Photo: Flowing water literally soothes us since it's one less thing that the primitive part of our brains has to worry about for survival...and it's jus’ plain beautiful.Photo: ahhhhh! Rock choices are important. Finding rocks with holes makes for more natural waterfalls.Photo: Even though this waterfall is made of many rocks, the moss makes it look like it's one, big piece.Photo: Serene beauty...Photo: Creating a natural look is a talent...which we have at Fern Ridge! :-)Photo: This incredibly detailed water feature isn't for everyone. It needs touching up  every spring because of winter freeze/thaw (but it's SO stunning!)Photo: This incredibly detailed water feature isn't for everyone. It needs touching up  every spring because of winter freeze/thaw (but it's SO stunning!) and produces lovely sound.Photo: Don't feed your goldfish! It just makes them come to the surface when raccoon come to feed so they get eaten (and adds nutrients to the water, causing algal growth).Photo: This water feature is so natural it's almost invisible but it still gives the sound and is great for #biodiversity!Photo: Creating planting pockets between the rocks and the liner helps the pond look more natural.Photo: If you're worried about #WestNile, (don't be but) a bubbling rock will ensure mosquitoes don't take up residence. This way you still get the sound.Photo: Don't let them escape into the wild, but goldfish DO keep mosquitoes in cheque. Note the tropical feel this water garden has.Photo: Art adds interest to any garden but it's especially true with ponds.Photo: The sound of this water garden masks city noises.Photo: One of the lesser-noticed elements of landscaping is motion and this waterfall provides that.Photo: Practically any vessel can be used to create a water feature.Photo: Do you live close to a road? A fountain takes the curse off it and helps aerate water, reducing algal growth.Photo: Bog gardens clean the water AND allow the planting of REALLY cool species.Photo: We had the honour of restoring this 1920's water garden.Photo: We had the honour of restoring this 1920's water garden.Photo: Using flagstone in a creekway amplifies sound.Photo: This raw-wood bridge leads over the end of the pond to a gazebo on stilts to tackle an area that floods every spring.Photo: This bubbling pot gives the illusion that the dry creek actually flows away downhill.Photo: Use of gently harvested mossy limestone boulders makes our water features look like part of nature.