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Streamside plantings of yellow flag iris, white forget-me-not, and pink sea thrift lead to a wisteria-covered bridge with arbor, reminiscent of Monet's garden in France. The combination works because the home's owner adapted key elements of the famous garden, but modified the plan to fit the space and climate.
A sloping backyard is the perfect foundation for a stream and waterfall that offer sweet melodies as water tumbles down the rocks. Use easy-care Knock Out roses and Shasta daisies along the edges of the stream to draw more attention to the water.
Galvanized stock tanks, which typically hold water for livestock, are perfect for an easy-to-build water feature. Ornamental windmills spin in the breeze, complementing the farm feel of the tanks.
Mix elements for a dramatic landscape. For example, this meandering stream with a series of waterfalls culminates in a free-form pond that reflects a six-sided pergola.
Test Garden Tip: This crafty homeowner used the same type of stone on the edges of the pond as in the landscape, creating a cohesive space.
Although a formal water feature would feel out of place in a rustic setting, this inviting pond, with its winding stream and carefree plantings, looks like a natural extension of the landscape.
This stream is actually a series of small water features -- each cascade, fall, riffle, and run is individually crafted so the water moves at a pleasing rate while making a delightful sound.
Test Garden Tip: Run your stream over different materials and at varying depths to create a variety of delightful gurgles.
If you'd like a more natural landscape feature than a swimming pool, try converting it into a pond. This inventive homeowner used sandbags filled with soil to shape the pond's interior walls, and to create ledges for water lilies. The liner is held in place with large, flat rocks that cover the bags.
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