Is a water feature right for your garden?

Is a water feature right for your garden?

There's nothing more relaxing, zen, and beautiful than a water feature, whether it's a birdbath, pond, waterfall, or something else! Water features help add an extra level of visual interest to your space, look great with Indian sandstone paving, and are likely to attract a few small guests, like birds.

As beautiful as they are, water features demand careful planning and should not be rushed into. The style or type of water feature you're considering will determine the level of consideration and planning needed. Water features may not be suitable for everyone, but if you believe your garden could benefit from one, go ahead. However, before you dive in, here are some key points to consider that'll make sure you're well-informed and prepared for your project.

The pros and cons of water features

Before we dive headfirst into the considerations, let’s examine the pros and cons of adding a water feature to your garden so you can make an informed decision about whether it’s worth it for your outdoor space!


When you add a water feature to your garden or backyard, you're bringing in a host of benefits. First, it boosts the overall visual appeal by creating a centrepiece that adds elegance and tranquillity to the space. The gentle sound of flowing water works to create a serene, relaxing atmosphere, helping to reduce stress and provide a peaceful environment. What's more, water features attract wildlife, support biodiversity, and bring more life and energy into your garden.


While water features can enhance your garden's aesthetic appeal and create a soothing atmosphere, some do require regular maintenance to keep them clean and functional, including cleaning filters, removing debris, and checking the water pump. The initial installation costs can be on the higher side, and for some water features, there will be additional ongoing expenses for electricity and water treatment. For households with young children or pets, safety precautions and supervision are necessary to avoid accidents—especially if you're considering adding a pond to your space.

Things to consider before investing in a water feature

Before adding a water feature to your garden, there are several important considerations to keep in mind

  • Location: You’ll need a suitable location for your water feature, taking into account factors such as sunlight, proximity to power sources for pumps or lighting, and visibility from key vantage points in your garden.
  • Size and scale: Consider the overall size and scale of your garden when choosing a water feature. A large fountain might overwhelm a small garden, while a tiny pond might look odd in a spacious one.
  • Maintenance: Different types of water features require varying levels of maintenance. Consider how much time and effort you have/are willing to invest in upkeep, and choose a feature that aligns with your maintenance preferences.
  • Aesthetics: Think about the visual impact you want the water feature to have. Whether you prefer a natural, rustic look or a sleek, modern design, choose something that complements your overall garden aesthetic.

After considering these points, if you feel ready to commit your budget, time, and energy to maintaining a water feature, don't hesitate to bring your dream to life! And while you're at it, why not spruce up the rest of your garden with some stunning Indian sandstone paving?

When it comes to sandstone paving, we're not just another supplier—we're the best in the UK. Our range includes top-quality options like Kota Black, Kandla Grey, Autumn Brown, and Golden Leaf. If you have any questions about the best way to install Indian sandstone around your new water feature, we're just a phone call away. Give us a ring on 01282 860571 and we'll be happy to help!