Monty Don Says I Need a Water Feature: Six Reasons Why I Don't Have One
I love Gardeners' World and its host, Monty Don. I subscribed to BritBox just so I can watch the show. Normally I enthusiastically agree with everything Mr. Don says, but I don't have a water feature in my garden, and I am reluctant to wade into that pool.
- First of all, I don't want to have something that I have to winterize. I have had several plants that should have been winterized, and they are mostly dead now. My zone 7 garden does get some snow and it definitely dips below freezing, and the ground has frozen solid. Unless it's a glorified bucket of water, there will be some maintenance and my laziness could result in a conspicuous failure. I don't want a glorified bucket of water because...
- I don't want to breed mosquitoes. I am not going to put poison in it or pretend that some expensive creature I bought is eating them when it's probably long dead.
- The noise annoys me. It really seems that I have my choice between stagnant water, a loud water feature, or a motor I can hear.
- There is no obvious place to put it. There is no place near my house that works and the best place to put it needs power.
- The scale is tricky. I have a long, narrow garden and the feature needs to work with the whole design or be fairly inconspicuous from other spots in the garden. I have seen a lot of water features that are too dominant or too dinky. I thought of a rill or channel that would be part of the entire garden would be really cool, but I don't think my first water project should be so big and all encompassing.
- I don't like most commercially available water features and custom made is very expensive. The commercial ones tend to be boxy and overly styled, and I think they will look dated in a few years.
Still, I am beginning to consider it.