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Apr 30, 2018 6:11 AM CST
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Name: L plate gardener
Surrey, England
Hi there

I would like to install a water feature on my rockery. I have a central part to the rockery which is the main view from the window (the garden is very uphill) and I would love to have a water feature of some sort in the centre replacing the central pot with the hebe in it.

I asked a landscaper and he thought it would be nicer to have running water coming down the sides of the rockery into a reservoir which would be sunk into the soil instead. Having looked at Google for images, most of these pondless style waterfalls are on solid stone rockeries and I am not sure it would work around an area that has a lot of soil. What are your thoughts?

I also toyed with the idea of a pond in a pot with a small fountain. I am not sure if I could get away with a regular pond in the space as it is quite small and that is where the outdoor table goes as well!

I have attached pics of the centre and the side parts and would be really grateful for any suggestions. Many thanks
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Apr 30, 2018 8:05 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Howdy I tip my hat to you. Surrey 😎
Is Surrey your name or where you live ?🤔??? I'm confused !

Lots of possibilities. I'm imagining a waterfall right in center. Coming down into a pond at bottom, with rocks, or stones around pond.
I think that would be beautamas. 👍👍
Have your pond, and table too. 👍👍😎😎😎

Or ? As simple as a bubbly, flowing birdbath.

Are you looking at something pre-fabed, or you gonna build it yourself ?
Make some sketches up, decide what you want. I'll try to help ya out. 🕵️😀

I think there a couple forums hear somewhere, on water ?___ ? , Also, photo's. That might give you ideals.

Please, fill out your profile/avatar, it helps us all. 👍👍

Ta. Ta.
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Apr 30, 2018 11:02 AM CST
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Name: L plate gardener
Surrey, England
Thank you Philip for your kind suggestions!

I live in England (although half my family live in the US) and came across this forum so hope I am allowed!

I am looking for something simple. I know a landscaper who has offered to help but I need to have a concrete idea to discuss with him. The trouble is technically I have no idea whatsoever!

Any guidance would be so welcome. Is your waterfall idea complex to build?
Apr 30, 2018 11:13 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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If I were just starting construction on your garden, I would suggest putting an inground pond in with waterfalls bubbling out of the wall. But your garden looks very established - I personally would not be happy pulling it all down and starting over.

At my former hillside home, the hill was terraced and I did have small built in ponds. But I also found some beautiful large glazed bowls that were meant to be water features. If you place a large water bowl where the Hebe is and added a battery or solar (I'm not sure how much sun Surrey gets) operated water fountain, you would have your feature.

If you find a big bowl you like but it has a drain hole, you can seal the hole. There are so many things you can do with a water bowl, including move it if somewhere in the future, you change the plan.
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Apr 30, 2018 2:00 PM CST
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Name: L plate gardener
Surrey, England
Hello Daisy

Thanks so much for your advice. I think you are right, it would be too much of a project to do major landscaping but a large pot with a fountain may bring a sense of serenity to the space and also be a feature which it really needs.

How interesting you can get battery powered fountains, I did not know that. I was a little wary of solar ones as despite the area being in full sun during the daytime (East facing), Surrey is not quite Nevada with about 4 months of sunshine at best! I was all set to get an electrician to fit an outdoor power socket and was a little worried that the wire would be noticeable so the battery option could be the answer!

Thanks so much again and any further suggestions re how best to tackle this would be wonderful Thumbs up
Apr 30, 2018 2:11 PM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
OH MY 😮 ! Excuse me please !
Mees, My Lady ! I tip my hat to you. !
From merry o'l England ! Aye ! I tip my hat to you. 😀👍.

My own ultimate would be the waterfalls. Allthough it would be labor intensive. 😟

Get ideals : Google, backyard ponds, water features, backyard waterfalls, what ever you can think of.
Look around, at nurseries, garden centers, etc. See what they have.
To get inspireration !
All that google stuff, ho, ho. Allways tries to sell you, kits, and plans.
Your landscaper, can help you if what you like is feasible.

Ta. Ta. For Now. Thats, ttfn. 😀
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May 2, 2018 3:38 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: L plate gardener
Surrey, England
Greetings from across the pond Philip!

Thank you for the advice. I think I am going to keep it simple at this stage and follow Daisy's advice of creating one from a pot. It is frustrating as I am not sure a solar fountain will last into the evening with our climate so I am going to have to call in an electrician to wire one up although I am not sure how I will be able to hide the wire as it will be a long run to the nearest socket!

TTFN and thank you again Smiling
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