The Pleasures of Garden Waterfalls

If there is any type of garden feature that could be considered universally applicable, it would be garden waterfalls. After all, water and the garden go literally “hand in hand” and so garden waterfalls are a natural combination.

Unfortunately, very few gardeners have the sort of landscape that will translate to the appearance of even a tiny waterfall, and this means that they have to find an alternative approach to incorporating one into their garden plans.

Luckily, there are all kinds of garden waterfalls available through some of the best distributors of garden features such as fountains and sprinklers. These fixtures can be as simple as a series of interconnected barrels, basins or pots, or they can be crafted in a manner that gives them the looks of a naturally occurring waterfall.

Before jumping in and saying that you only want to use garden waterfalls that come with that all-natural appearance, you should stop to consider the way that water behaves. It follows gravity and heads downward. This means that if your yard is perfectly flat, you may not have the best place for a garden feature that has the appearance of a natural rock waterfall. This is because it might be a bit too incongruous to work well within the landscape. Instead, you may want to consider one of the more sculptural versions of a waterfall.

What do these look like? You might find them in the form of stacked pitchers, cascading ceramic bowls, or even as a wall mounted fountain too. Remember, you don’t have to limit your choices only to those fountains that stand freely in the middle of the garden or the yard. Instead, you could explore your options in a wall mounted unit that worked better with your particular style of yard or garden.

When using any of the waterfalls, however, it is important to consider the amount of sound that they make, the materials from which they are made, and the means available for supplying the fixture with electricity.

Let’s first consider the sound. If you are hoping to attract wildlife to the garden you should be sure to select a waterfall that generates a significant amount of splashing, but if you are hoping to just enjoy a bit of gentle sound, select one of the versions that doesn’t drop the water over great distances.

The materials should be compatible with your local weather, and if the unit must be sheltered over winter months, be sure to select a lightweight style. Lastly, if you do not have a supply of electricity to the waterfall, consider a solar version or plan on hiring an electrician to run a supply to it.