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.