A great way to add a little extra spice to your garden is to add a water feature. Water features are both soothing and aesthetically appealing. Many people agree that there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting on a bench in your garden, listening to the soothing sound of water trickling from the water feature while reading a good book. Adding a water feature to your garden can be fairly easy and relatively inexpensive. Depending on the type and size of water feature you go for, maintenance of your water feature does not need to take up too much of your time.

Most people that practice Tai Chi or some form of yoga or meditation will opt for a fountain. The constant dripping of the water is exactly what most people need to concentrate. Even if you are not into activities such as meditating or yoga, a fountain or water feature, because of the sort of meditative quality it has to it, will be a sure fire way to relax you and transform your garden into a relaxation haven.

If you decide to install a fountain, you need to take great care in selecting one that will suit your garden style, size and surrounding plants. If you have any other garden decorations, you will want to make sure these also suit the style of the fountain. A few questions to ask yourself are: Does the fountain you are considering stand out in your garden like a sore thumb, or does it look like it was meant to be there? If you do not have an eye for design and can't naturally tell whether the fountain will be a suitable addition to your garden, ask a friend or family member. The other option is to visit your local garden centre and they will be able to offer advice. Remember to bring along a picture of your garden to the store. How big should your fountain be? Too big and it will stand out like a sore thumb. Too small and it will be overshadowed by your plants, garden decorations and garden furniture. How easy would it be to power the fountain? If your garden isn't very close to your house and power points within your house are not very accessible, it will look pretty tacky to run an extension cord across my garden. Also remember to ensure you keep your garden safe at all time. The following article on garden safety will be useful. Discuss your situation with your local garden centre. A team member will be able to find you a suitable solution. For example, perhaps purchasing an extension cord which has been designed for being placed under the soil may be an option. This will then involve digging a small trench across your garden, without having an unsightly cord running across it or having to pay for a professional installation.

If you feel a fountain is a bit over the top for your garden, or maybe too much work to setup or maintain, another option is to purchase a water feature. At Hilltop Garden Centre we have a wide range of water features and if you visit your local, friendly garden centre a team member will be able to advise on the best and most suitable water feature. Again it would be a good idea to bring along a photo of your garden so a range of suitable water features can be recommended. Water features do not all have to be powered by electricity. Solar powered water features are available and can provide a cheap and relatively maintenance free solution. We have listed a few of our favourite water features below:

9 Fall Oval Slate

9 Fall Oval Slate

Solar 4 Drop on Pillar

Solar 4 Drop on Pillar

The smart living range

The smart living range

Having a fountain in your garden is not only soothing but it also adds a lot of character to an otherwise bland garden. Remember, gardens are not just for growing plants or vegetables! A garden should be an extension to your living space and a chance to be closer to nature.