Often one of the biggest questions facing those who wish to incorporate water into their garden design is whether to opt for a water feature, or whether to go with a pond. Both represent a wide range of options – ponds can come in all shapes and sizes and can be natural and rustic or contemporary and quirky – whilst water features also differ vastly in nature, from bespoke designs and traditional stone fountains to spherical and stainless steel examples.

Why is freestanding a savvy choice?

Naturally my advice always depends on the environment, the space and client requirement – but for those considering water in the garden who lack space or find open water inconvenient for safety or maintenance reasons a freestanding water feature is a fantastic choice which offers all the benefits of water in the garden without inconvenience, hassle, safety risk or the need for extensive space.

For clients with young children or little space, or those who don’t want to worry about regular cleaning and maintenance, freestanding water features are ideal. As they are vertically placed they can be utilised in even the smallest spaces – and most have a hidden sump which contains the pump meaning there are no unsightly or cumbersome boxes to find space for.

How do freestanding water features add another dimension to an outdoor space?

One of the most important things to note about freestanding water features is sound. As the water slides over the glass it does so almost silently with just a light hint of water trickling. Movement is also important – the way that the water glides in one large mass over the smooth glass, which allows light (either from the sun, or from carefully-placed electric or solar lighting) to permeate and reflect through it.


This example was designed and created by us and is from a garden design in Cheshire – standing at two metres high the water glides over a two centimetre thick glass screen. The blade mimics the appearance of water, so even when it isn’t flowing it still gives the illusion of water in motion.

Can freestanding water features combine with other elements in the garden?

If space, safety or maintenance is not a concern, you can link a freestanding water feature to a pool or open expanse of water, shallow or deep. It’s also simple (and in fact advisable) to marry the feature with other elements within the garden to really accentuate its presence. Here we placed large pebbles at the base to receive the water and mirrored the cubic shape of the trough with high planters at either side.

For more on freestanding water features, take a look at our accompanying blogs here.