With its coolness and peaceful sound, water easily manages to create a soothing ambiance when integrated into the exterior decor of your home. To be surrounded by it more often, why not opt for the development of a water garden? Whether you want a pond, waterfalls, fountains, or waterfalls, a landscape architect can help you add these elements to your decor. You will get landscaping that will make you dream this, according to the style you want.
What is a water garden?
Presented simply, it is a plant and aquatic arrangement where water is of course in the spotlight. There are very simple versions (for example, waterproof containers in which to grow aquatic plants) and others much more elaborate (such as large artificial ponds with waterfalls, water jets, and a small elegant overhanging bridge). It is therefore a question of finding the variation that best corresponds to the desired style and the budget you have.
How a landscape architect can work with you to design the structure
The landscape architect is a professional specializing in the creation or reorganization of outdoor spaces of all sizes. He puts his knowledge, his skills, and his artistic side to the benefit of his client. Landscapers have different expertise. One of them can be the creation of water gardens. His work will cover the different stages of landscaping.
Visualize the plan of your dreams and the elements to put in place
What do you like the most? A single pool? A small natural waterfall that flows into a larger pond? A more modern-looking waterfall? Do you have visual examples (photos, videos) of what attracted you? Depending on the characteristics of your land, the location of your house, and your budget, the landscape architect can tell you if what you want is realistic or not, and make your proposals.
As mentioned above, when designing the plans for the water garden, one must decide from the outset on the desired style. Most of the time, water gardens allow you to create a country setting. Loose vegetation, wildflowers, and rocks are often used to provide a body of water. However, it is also possible to put together more modern assortments. We will use games of light reflections and we will focus the composition on a symmetrical design composed of more angular pieces. One of the current trends, which allows a more aesthetic rendering, is to bet on very slow water flow which gives an almost static air to the expanse.
Whatever your desires for a water garden, the landscape designer is fully qualified to help you choose what you want to see there and offer you the options necessary to achieve your goals.
Type of pool and adequate equipment
At least one pond is needed to create a water garden. Your landscape architect will be able to suggest the one that seems most relevant to your project, as well as the equipment you will need.
The flexible wall pool:
The soft-sided basin uses a geomembrane (an impermeable canvas) to create the body of water. This is the most common technique for designing a garden with a more rural look. Indeed, it makes it possible to create pools with a softer outline that will best imitate natural water currents. Sometimes, the geomembrane is used in addition to a rigid wall and makes it possible to guarantee the water tightness of the basin.
The rigid-walled pool:
The rigid-walled basin can be constructed from different materials such as concrete, stainless steel, or aluminum. The installation of this type of basin is often easier since the container will be performed. The walls make it possible to create a more modern and geometric rendering than the geomembrane.
The equipment needed for the water garden:
When setting up any body of water, it is not only necessary to think of the aesthetic side, but also of the mechanical aspect. To avoid ending up with a pool of stagnant water, it is necessary to provide a pump and a filter. In addition, it is necessary to think about the equipment for controlling the flow of water and the intensity of the fall. The overflow is a necessary aspect to maintain the correct level of water. The bottom drain will be useful for maintaining the pool. It allows the water to be drained to prevent freezing and breakage during the winter.
The most suitable plants for your project
Adding vegetation to a body of water is a common practice for landscapers. However, you have to think about it wisely and make an informed choice to create an aesthetic water garden. Many people opt for vegetation giving a more rural and natural look. But there is a wide variety of aquatic plants.
Submerged plants, from the Canadian waterweed family, filter and oxygenate your pools. This type of vegetation is sold in a basket. The container is designed to be underwater at the bottom of a basin. The basket will facilitate the maintenance of the plant, but also the body of water in general. You can apply fertilizer to them to fertilize them and restore their vigor.
This category of vegetation acts as a water filter in shallow areas. Depending on the plant chosen, it will come either in a basket or in a pot. You will need to be informed of maintenance measures, which are different from submerged plants. It is interesting to dwell on the types of emergent plants, since some of them may bloom differently. You can also use aquatic plant fertilizer with this type of vegetation.
Floating plants remain on the surface of the pool. They have a few uses (especially if your pond is home to fish), but they are mostly aesthetic. Some of these plants flowers, others do not, which can guide your choices according to the desired effect. Maintenance is easy and does not require fertilizing.