Tips for Creating the Perfect Waterfall Garden Tips for Creating the Perfect Waterfall Garden

The right water elements can perk up virtually any landscape, and waterfall gardeners are becoming increasingly popular in all parts of the country. From urban settings to the most bucolic rural environment, there is nothing like the look, and the sound, of running water to provide relaxation and a soothing feeling of calmness and serenity.

The waterfall garden is of course built around the central waterfall, and this waterfall can be either a naturally occurring part of a landscape or an artificial creation. No matter what the provenance of the waterfall, the key is to blend the garden and the waterfall seamlessly, providing a peaceful and natural setting for relaxation and reflection.

One great way to enhance the natural beauty of the waterfall, while at the same time making the water flow more interesting and unique, is to build up the façade of the waterfall using a number of rocks. Piling a number of interestingly colored and shaped stones and rocks around the base of the waterfall, as well as within the waterfall itself, will help to provide a more natural look and also provide a great place for natural mosses and other native plants to begin their growth.

Plants are of course a big part of any successful waterfall garden, and in the case of a waterfall garden it is important to choose a number of interesting aquatic plants, as well as an assortment of attractive land based plants and flowers. Some gardeners will even choose to incorporate attractive species of fish into their waterfall gardens. When adding fish, however, be sure that the water is deep enough so that it will not freeze solid in the wintertime.

The edges of the waterfall garden are an important design element as well, and many gardeners and landscapers choose to use fine sand and pebbles to create a natural look and a more natural boundary between the water elements and land elements of the landscape. Providing a natural shoreline between the waterfall and pond and the garden itself also helps to focus the eyes of the visitor on the various parts of the landscape, including the flowers, plants, fish and aquatic plants you have planted.

When adding land based plants to the waterfall garden, ferns tend to be a good choice. Most varieties of ferns are quite hardy and easy to care for, and these attractive plants look right at home in a waterfall garden. It is of course important to choose fern varieties that are well suited for your own climate. Native species often work best.

Trees are another important element of the successful waterfall garden, and these larger landscape elements serve a number of important purposes. For one thing, trees help to provide shade, an important consideration for those homeowners who wish to relax at the waterfall during the hot summer months. Trees also provide a natural look and a natural focal point for those who come to admire the garden in all its glory.

Many homeowners will even choose to construct a winding garden path around and through the waterfall garden. Using paving stones or similar materials to construct a walking path can put the finishing touch on what is already a beautiful landscape, and a path, along with a comfortable garden bench, can help to transform the waterfall garden into a favorite gathering place for friends and family.

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