Ponds & Water Features
Top – water flows from underneath the corner of this deck.
Below left – how you interact with water in a garden setting is as important as the design of the water feature its self. Here the sound of the waterfall and the view down the fall to the pond are seen from a high overhanging vantage point.
Below centre and right – the pond curves away from the deck so that it is not all visable at once giving the impression that it is larger.
The water feature shown here has been built into the side of a stream, seamlessly blending the natural elements of the countryside into a manmade design. Complimented by drifts of rocks, to further enhance the naturalness of this design, this water feature looks like it could belong in the heart of the Norfolk countryside.
Left – this stream has four waterfalls in its course from the Thai Pavilion down to the star patio in the Tropic of Henstead. The cascading of 4 different falls creates a continually changing sound, richer and more varied than one fall.
Centre – the stream emerges from underneath the Thai Pavilion and rushes through the huge leaves of Gunnera manicata down to the pond which wraps itself around the star patio. This photo was taken from the front bench of the pavilion where you can look down into the stream and listen to its sound as it is captured underneath the roof.
Right – the stream that links the small lower and large middle pond in a completely different system from the pavilion falls.
The two designs shown here help illustrate our commitment in providing our clients with intricate artwork that will aid various design decisions. These two designs were for water features where we were allowed to let our imaginations go wild, the image on the left illustrates an oriental Zen water feature with a gazebo in the background. In stark contrast the image on the right displays a contemporary design.
The water feature shown here is known as a Rill, consisting of a narrow channel allowing for the passing of water, much like an aqueduct!
Here we can see two images of the Rill from opposing directions. The inclusion of timber arches (left) help frame this water feature, making an already attractive part of the garden look even nicer!
Top left – even a small waterfall such as this, where the water simply re-enters the pond from a filter system over a stone can make enough sound to block out background noise. This garden – Exotic Woodland In The City – is in central London so the fall seen here was an important part of the garden’s relaxing qualities.
Top Right – the ‘island’ was a finger of ground that we dug out around the base of a mature Trachycarpus fortunei. The fern on the island is Blechnum chilense growing beneath a Rhodo
A manmade structure, designed to fit in with the natural elements of the world around it. Built in three levels and adding a sense of perspective, this water feature gives an auditory experience to the garden.
This could well be a scene from the Norfolk broads; the water here looks as though it could be coming from a small inlet before it travels out to sea. Water features often provide an opportunity to reclaim a more natural impression of the environment.
The montage here details several hard landscaped water features, with the right knowledge and building experience these water features can have an immediate impact when constructing a garden.