Posted by the trend stalker on 7th November 2011

Quench your thirst for waterworks

The rose garden at the Emmarentia botanical gardens is one of my favourite chill spots. This photo really doesn’t do it any justice at all.

botanical garden

The tiers of landscaped rose beds, separated by low stone walls but linked by flowing water features, have played hostess to book club meetings, spring celebrations, my 21st birthday moonlight picnic, the odd baby and bridal shower, many hours of solo introspection and, alas, a disastrous first date.

But not even this is enough to taint my feelings for this fragrant sanctuary. I even love going there in winter. It’s not the roses, you see, but the tinkling, sparkling waterworks that appeal to me.

I lust after a water feature. The fact that I don’t have a garden to put it in is a moot point. But if I did, it would look just like this.

Souveroff Residence contemporary landscape

Pretty, right? In an ideal world, I would build it into a small courtyard filled with pots of herbs and a little bench where I could sit while paging through recipes deciding what to make for dinner.

Of course, in an ideal world, I’d have a massive garden and more than one water feature. (I’m not Pisces for nothing!)

Diego Perez modern landscape

I just love how this pool reflects the trees and sky. And I have to admit, the idea of almost being able to walk on water is pretty appealing.

In my ideal world, my property has a spectacular view, which demands a seating area in which to enjoy sundowners – and yet more H2O. In my head, I can hear the birds tweeting as they settle in for the evening, the water splashing and the ice clinking in my glass. Bliss.

As water features go, my “likes” are fairly traditional. If your taste runs a little more modern, think angular lines, raw cement finishes, metal fixtures and sculptural accent plants.

Water Pond contemporary landscape

Or, think completely out the pond, so to speak.

Water Towers contemporary landscape

This elegant, contemporary courtyard is trés chic and its tidy little fountains are a perfect match for the clean lines of the architecture.

Woodvalley House contemporary exterior

This unusual interpretation makes a feature of rainwater falloff. In this particular case, the owners gain green credentials by pumping the water into a nearby wetland but someone who commented on the photo reckoned that recycling greywater would garner the same eco points.

Port Hadlock Cabin modern exterior

Which is an important point. In our country, where water is a scarce resource, is a garden fountain really a good idea? Talk to the experts at Water Rhapdosy to find out how harvesting rainwater and reusing greywater could lessen this environmental burden.

I live in Durban now, and it’s been three years since I visited the gardens at Emmarentia. I haven’t found a similarly tranquil spot in my new home city yet – I just make do with long lazy meanders along the promenade. Ah, the joy of being a Pisces person in a seaside city.

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