Water is one of the most calming elements on earth – facilitator of life, hydrator and pacifier – it’s strong enough to erode ancient stone yet gentle and accommodating enough to be home to some of the most delicate organisms on the planet. The power of water cannot be underestimated – and in the garden in particular it can be a significant presence in varying capacities.

In the Japanese art of placement Feng Shui water is an incredibly important medium and is used both indoors and outdoors to attract good luck and bring positive energy. It signifies prosperity and abundance and symbolises ‘chi’ or the energy of life. Often water features are used for this purpose, to bring water into a space in a visually appealing and diverse way. In this blog I focus on one design in particular which is ideal for a range of outdoor spaces and can combine the benefits water brings perfectly.

Movement, light and sound

Water offers a multi-faceted sensory experience which can be adapted depending on the feature it is contained within. The movement of water for example can be mesmerising and calming or rapid and urgent – meanwhile, light can be reflected from it either artificially or with the use of mirrors and the sun. Sound of course is also an important element of a water feature – so when considering an installation of this kind each sensory element needs to be taken into account to ensure that it’s right for the space and for the garden owner.

The ‘schooner’ water feature

This type of water feature (pictured in one of our garden designs in Liverpool) is known as a ‘schooner’ – so-called because of its striking triangular shape reminiscent of the majestic sails on a schooner sea boat. Its incredibly quiet, soothing sound is perfect for anyone wishing to incorporate water in a tranquil setting without a constant rushing or trickling noise. At two metres high this water feature can dominate the surrounding space and combines well with softer and more contemporary schemes – but it’s also very easy to maintain and doesn’t require constant cleaning or inspection.

Which types of space are schooners suited to?

Naturally given their contemporary, slick shape and modern feel these types of water feature are ideal for spaces incorporating strong shapes and structures, hard lines and bold colours with tough natural materials like stone and slate. However they can be combined with soft grasses and ferns or pretty blooms as a contrasting element in a more traditional garden setting – so it’s really down to the final look desired and the requirements of the space and client in question as to how a schooner could fit into your scheme.