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Top 5 Backyard Water Features

Going grand is great, but a small fountain can make just as much of an impact. See more famous garden pictures.

There's nothing like being near water to relax the body and ease the mind. But what happens when you're landlocked, many miles away from the nearest lake or ocean? A backyard water feature may be just the thing you and your garden need.And if you don't have a backyard at all, that's OK, too. These can be featured just as easily on a small patio, deck or shared courtyard space.

Water features add life to any backyard area -- literally. Butterflies, hummingbirds, dragonflies and many more birds and insects are drawn to moving water, creating a learning garden as well as a focal point in your landscape. They're also great breeding grounds for plant life, a place where you can introduce any manner of colors and textures through flowers and leaves and stems. Here are five great ideas for creating water features on a small scale.