10 Water Features to Make Any Backyard Landscape Complete

From koi ponds to waterfalls, birdbaths to garden streams, we've gathered together our favorite backyard bubblers, gurglers, and soothers.

  1. Pond in a Pot

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    A water feature doesn’t need to be big. A garden pond pot filled with aquatic plants and water will mostly take care of itself. Just add fresh water, and let nature do the rest. Use a shallow bowl or container to make your own pond-in-a-pot. Then sit back and enjoy the oasis.

  2. Outdoor Shower

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    Beachshack outdoorshower architectswives

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    The ultimate water feature is one you can step right into! If you can't afford an outdoor spa, a backyard shower provides a liberating alternative to your daily shower routine and lets you extend the pleasure outdoors. 

  3. Sink a Pond

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    Koi pond montanapondbuilders

    montanapondbuilders.com

    Who wants an indoor aquarium when there are backyard koi ponds waiting to be built?! If you would like one for yourself, there are many DIY kits available—or hire a landscape designer who specializes in these peaceful ponds. But beware: Koi are playful and mesmerizing, but they’re not low maintenance. Make sure you understand their needs before taking on a koi pond.

  4. Custom Creek

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    You can build your own DIY creek, like the one shown here, with some concrete, gravel, PVC pipe, and a recirculating pump. Strategically placed stones guide the water to a retaining pool, where it is pumped back up to the top of the creek. This would be a smart choice for a distinctive garden border.

  5. Add a Birdbath

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    Bird bath

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    Hands down, the most common backyard water feature is the noble birdbath. But why settle for a garden-variety bath when you could have a fountain, too? This two-tier design conceals the pump in its hollow core and operates by solar power. Great for the birds, for you, and the environment.

  6. Water Wall

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    Copper waterwall diynetwork

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    A water wall is a great way to create shade, divide an outdoor space, or add a dramatic accent to your backyard landscape. Although it looks like a custom design, this copper water wall is actually a do-it-yourself project. Details, materials, and step-by-step instructions can be found here.

  7. Against the Wall

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    Tivoli loire wallfountain simplyfountains

    simplyfountains.com

    Do you crave a fountain but have limited square footage? Make use of your wall space! This French-inspired Tivoli Loire limestone-finish fountain is a great way to add romance to any garden, courtyard, or balcony. Made from fiberglass, it comes complete with a water-recirculating pump.

  8. Build a Waterfall

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    If you're longing for the soothing appeal of falling water, consider making—or buying—a backyard waterfall. While there are numerous designs available at home improvement and garden centers, with a little bit of imagination and basic plumbing skills, you can bring your own design to life.

  9. Let It Rain

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    This unique water screen was created by running a water line along a top beam. Water rains down to a trough and is then recirculated back to the top beam through a pipe for perpetual showers. You can do something similar with wood framing construction or even exposed pipes for a more industrial look. 

  10. Formal Focus

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    If you're looking to create a dramatic focal point in your garden, courtyard or entryway, consider this arresting design. An oversize, urn-shaped fountain, anchored in its own reflecting pond, commands attention. Bring together a fountain, a few pavers, and concrete, and you could be on your way to creating a similarly dramatic statement.

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