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The Right Garden Water Feature

The serene, burbling waters of your own garden water feature can be one of the most refreshing and beautiful ways to block out neighborhood noise, increase the humidity of your environment and grow plants you might not have been able to grow before. Here are some tips to help you decide whether to install one or not.

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What kind of feature appeals to you?

Water features such as ponds or fountains can attract wildlife in a dry climate, and allow you to try plants – such as water lilies, lotuses and reeds – that only grow near and around water.

Next: How much space do you have? »

  • What kind of feature appeals to you?
  • How much space do you have?
  • What water features should you avoid?
  • How much maintenance can you tolerate?
  • Do you have kids or pets?
Tip

Travel to botanical gardens with various water features to find out if you’ll feel their calming, mood-enhancing effects – before you install one.

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