Styling Your Garden Waterfalls

Garden waterfalls made of premade resin composites are readily available from fountain suppliers, but they do not always fit in with your landscape readily. Here are three simple tips to help made your garden waterfalls feel like part of the natural landscape:

Bury It

Some garden waterfalls have an obvious front and back. These are excellent candidates for this technique. Construct a hill or outcropping to settle the back of your waterfall in, so that it looks like it is simply the face of a natural rock formation. To make it easy to clean and repair the waterfall if necessary, line the cavity with plastic mulch sheeting, a tarp, or some similar surface that will contain the soil behind your waterfall.

Build With It

Using local, natural rocks, you can build an extended stream running from the bottom of your preassembled waterfall. This will unify it more thoroughly with the natural landscape. To do this you will need a waterfall with a long intake hose. Check that you have the right one before you proceed, because not all garden waterfalls have enough tubing. Dig a shallow trench for your extended stream, and then line it with about an inch of wet, fine sand. Cover the sand with a layer of flexible pond liner, overlapping generously at the seams, and then add a layer of overlapped local stones to conceal the liner. End the extended stream with a reservoir and place the intake end of your hose in the reservoir.

Plant Around It

One more way to stylize your garden waterfall is to add plants on and around it to harmonize with your garden. You can simply place some tall ornamental grasses alongside it, or nestle it in a bed of wildflowers. For a very large garden waterfall, you might accent it with a modest stand of bamboo, or even use it as a rock garden, by finding crevices where you can insert a ball of soil and small succulent plants. Scatter some more specimens of the same plants in other areas of your garden, to promote the feeling of unity and naturalism. A garden waterfall accompanied by an entirely unique plant, present nowhere else in the landscape, will look just as out-of-place as that waterfall on its own.  Using these three strategies, you can make an artificial garden waterfall seem like it’s always been a part of your garden.