There may be a time when you’re attempting to landscape your yard that you run into a brick wall as far as creativeness goes. Maybe there’s an area of your property that wishes something, but you can’t decide what, for example. These are occasions when it’s good to stop and step back and take a look at what others have made that might stimulate your own creative energies. In designing a water feature for your yard, you should research different types of water gardens that have been developed over time to find elements that you can update and work into your own design. One of the searches you can do to find inspiration is to have a look at footage of some of the lovely Italian water gardens, some of which have enhanced the landscape for decades.
One of the most famous water gardens is Longwood which was made in Pennsylvania by Pierre du Pont, a man who really loved to design with water. Naturally, you aren’t going to try to copy his garden in your own yard, unless you have a lot of additional space, because Longwood covers 1,050 acres, but you can find ideas while looking into the various elements that were amalgamated into Longwood. Have a look at the utilization of fountains, sculptures, and topiary which turned this normal lawn into a showplace. You can be aware of the lavish use of flowers to create carpets of color and see how they were woven into the final design of the property. On the Longwood website you can view photos of layout and find concepts for such features as a kids’s water garden and a forest garden of native plants.
Spend some time looking at the photo of the Italian water garden at Thanksgiving Point on the web. Although you doubtless can’t build anything this elaborate, you can still get an idea about what a chain reaction fountain can be and the use of generous arrays of flowers surrounding it. Another example of a sunken Italian water garden is Higham garden, an especially formal, painstakingly maintained garden with sternly clipped hedges and stone walkways.
Any time your creativity stop flowing while you’re building a water feature in your own back yard, you can turn to net resources to get the ideas rolling again. Though these old Italian water gardens are tons more formal and lavish than what we need for personal water gardens at our homes, they can still provide us with the inspiration we need to keep ourselves worked up about the project.