A decorative water feature can improve the mood, look, and feel of your property. It can help create a designated space for relaxation where you can unwind every day after work. Installing a decorative water feature on your property is a great way to attract wildlife to it.

Let’s take a look at several popular types of decorative water features.


An outdoor water fountain adds beauty, grace, and elegance to almost any setting. When choosing a fountain for your outdoor area, consider the material. Think about space constraints and keep in mind that fountains also need a power source. Choose an accessible spot in your backyard for fountain installation so you do not face any difficulty maintaining your fountain.

The benefits of water fountains extend beyond simple aesthetics. The water circulating in a water fountain produces negative ions that boost the immune system, neutralize free radicals, purify the blood, and balance the nervous system to promote deeper sleep. Negative ions can also reduce the concentration of allergens and other pollutants in the air.


A waterfall is a worthy addition to any landscape. The sound of moving water is incredibly relaxing. There are several health benefits of waterfalls. Studies show that spending some time near a waterfall is a great way to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Some popular types of waterfalls include multi-step waterfalls, pondless waterfalls, cascading waterfalls, and rain curtains.


If you have a spacious backyard, consider adding a stream to it. Homeowners usually build streams as an addition to other water features. Streams produce pleasing sounds. A stream meanders along paths and walkways to create stunning features. For a more natural look, consider using rocks and plants. Though streams offer several benefits, they may not be the right choice for every homeowner. Installing a stream can be a labor-intensive project. Also, a stream can be quite expensive to maintain.


Bubblers are often referred to as gurglers. They create the impression of water welling up from underground. A bubbler can be custom designed or installed using a kit. You can decide the size of your bubbler. Bubblers add pleasing sounds and visual interest to backyards. They need a fair amount of maintenance. Opt for a bubbler only if you can take time out of your schedule for maintenance.


Scuppers are similar to sconces, but usually wider than them. A scupper delivers water from an upper level to a lower level – can be a standalone channel or an existing inground pool. Scuppers use filters to keep the water clean. When used with waterfalls, they can create elaborate constructs.


Depending on the type of water feature you select, the necessary maintenance can vary. That said, maintenance upkeep should be a high priority for your water feature as it both lengthens the life span of your water feature and keeps it looking great. Different types of water features, materials, and installation types can impact the maintenance. So, make sure that you discuss not only your water feature but also the applicable maintenance with your contractor.

Pondscapes is a certified Aquascape water feature contractor in Scottsdale. Our water feature experts have years of experience designing and building stunning water features in Scottsdale, AZ. To talk to one of them, call (480) 987-7781.