Adding a water feature to your backyard is one of the most effective ways to increase its aesthetic appeal. The benefits of water features go beyond aesthetics. Studies show that the sound of flowing water relaxes the mind and body.

If you are looking for a water feature, you have many choices. To help you make an informed decision, we have compiled a list of some stylish options for backyard water features. Take a look.

Garden Fountains

If you have a garden, a garden fountain can enhance your space. From disappearing fountains to tiered fountains, there are several styles to choose from. When selecting a garden fountain, consider your garden’s layout and design.


Ponds do not just look amazing, they can also help create a relaxing and serene environment.

Before building a pond, decide how much you can spend.

When determining the location of your pond, consider topography, sun exposure, your view from inside your home and the view from your outdoor entertainment areas.

Check local regulations that may impact your pond planning. Consult your local utility company before digging so that you do not risk damaging infrastructure. We highly recommend adding fish and plants to your pond.


Waterfalls are one of the most popular water feature options. Water sounds can help create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. You can either install a waterfall with a pond or choose a simple design that allows the water to flow directly into a basin (Pondless).

When building a waterfall, one of the most important things to consider is the topography of the installation area. Also consider your view from inside your home and the view from your outdoor entertainment areas. If you are planning to build a waterfall on flat land, the height of the water feature should not exceed two or three feet. Make sure your waterfall blends with the surrounding landscape.

Do not build your waterfall to straight or narrow. Use rocks to create twists and turns to create a natural effect.  A separate piece of liner (should be over the pond liner) should be used for the waterfall.

Floor Fountains

A floor fountain is designed to stand freely on a patio or deck. Floor fountains come in several designs. You can choose from simple urn shapes or intricate, contemporary modern art designs.


A spillway is designed to allow the water to move as a single smooth sheet. Spillways are usually used to accent patio spaces and lend to a more formal look.

Sweetwater Landscape is a top-rated water feature company near you. Over the years, we have transformed average backyards into personal paradises.  We use time-tested methods and contemporary tools. To consult our team, call 707-887-0140.