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Water feature advice sought please

Hi there

I would like to install a water feature on my rockery. I have a central part to the rockery which is the main view from the window (the garden is very uphill) and I would love to have a water feature of some sort in the centre replacing the central pot with the hebe in it.

I asked a landscaper and he thought it would be nicer to have running water coming down the sides of the rockery into a reservoir which would be sunk into the soil instead. Having looked at Google for images, most of these pondless style waterfalls are on solid stone rockeries and I am not sure it would work around an area that has a lot of soil. What are your thoughts?

I also toyed with the idea of a pond in a pot with a small fountain. I am not sure if I could get away with a regular pond in the space as it is quite small and that is where the outdoor table goes as well!

I have attached pics of the centre and the side parts and would be really grateful for any suggestions. Many thanks


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    You could install a 'green man' style feature on the bottom wall which goes into a stone trough either above ground or sunk into the paving. Or similar on the top wall. Or on the top wall with a rill coming through the grass and planting and spilling over the bottom wall into trough etc. First option is the easiest with minimal disturbance of planting etc. 
    Green Man Bowl Fountain
    That one is a bit naff but you get the idea. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,963
    I think Hogweed is on the right track.  Something like this sat at the base where the middle pot is:

    Much less maintenance/issues than a pondless river/waterfall.   
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  • Daisy33Daisy33 Posts: 1,031
    If you do decide to go for Hogweed's or Blue's suggestions, try to get the highest possible water capacity that you can. On a hot windy day the water evaporates fast and if you forget to turn the fountain off.... :s
  • Thank you all. Hogweed I love the idea of the wall hung one and as a result of your suggestion have seen quite a few options on Primrose which may work. The height of the wall is 90cm and many are about 84cm so presumably I can try and sit one on the ground. Do you think this may work? Of course I am not sure how I will hide the wire and this will have to go along the bottom of the rockery and some distance. 

    I also like the one you posted Blue Onion but I ordered a similar one last year and it didn't sit flat to the back wall as it has a curve in it and it looked a little like I had just plonked it there and the resin looked a little artificial against the wall, sadly, Thankfully I was able to send it back!

    I suppose another option is a bird bath or an enormous terracotta pot with a solar fountain. Are these any good? Would they last into the evening at all? Again thank you for your advice :-)

    PS Here is one I saw on Primrose

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    Put the wire through the wall - simple enough to drill a hole and then run it behind the wall in a plastic hose (you can clip this to the inside of the wall if you wish) until you get to the nearest bit to power. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    Or this is solar powered. 
    Smart Solar Kingsbury Fountain
    or this.
     but it is mains.
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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  • steve howesteve howe Posts: 55
    I would definitely go for a wall fountain, how about an elliptical pool in the paving following the curve of the wall at the back and mirroring the curve at the front? then the spout (which should be as simple as possible - most  are really naff! - issues into it. There are some nice faux lead ones around if you look on 't interweb.

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