Totally Unusual Backyard Ponds, Pools and Fountains

Take a look at some unique water features ranging from small waterfalls to deluxe swimming pools.

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Photo By: Genus Loci Ecological Landscapes Inc., photo by Anthony Chung

Photo By: Phil Kean Design Group

Photo By: Cohen Weintraub

Photo By: Warwick P Hunt

Photo By: Jason Brownlee

Photo By: Nick Martin

Photo By: Jill Wolff

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Photo By: Chas Everitt International Property Group, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Balinese Garden with Floating Patio

Granite bridges provide the perfect path to explore the garden. A floating patio island showcases the round bed and tranquil views of the pond. The inspiration for this entry garden came from the owner, who wanted an “Eastern” garden that would work vicariously during their 11-month stay in Minnesota. Water was to be a major part of the design, as well.

The Swimming Pool as a Nature Pond

A rocky landscape with aquatic vegetation, flowering plants and the great outdoors generate a Walden Pond vibe in this natural pool design from Genus Loci Ecological Landscapes.

Bold Red Meets Cool Waterfall

The entry to this contemporary home is anything but boring. A rich-red front door greets guests with vibrancy and personality, and a sleek, clean-lined waterfall creates a peaceful, Zen-like atmosphere.

Totally Zen

No mowing required in this backyard! The stunning Asian-inspired water garden incorporated a waterfall into the hillside coming down to the soothing reflecting ponds. 

Truck Flower Bed and Fountain

A rusted truck has become a water feature and garden planter in this spacious garden. From the back of the truck, water spills into a pond that is lined with rocks. Stone stairs lead past aquatic shrubbery growing near the pond.

Not the Usual Surroundings

Designer Scott Cohen uses refreshing colors and unique materials to accentuate this contemporary poolside. The pool is lined with blue and black iridescent 3M Quartz that pops against the white interior of the pool and the surrounding green grass.

Stonehenge Water Feature

Mini monoliths are recreated in this outdoor space that includes a geyser, waterfalls, rocks and flowers.

Water Wall

A wall of horizontal wood slats turns this restful water feature into a backyard focal point. The garden's modern zen design features succulent plantings set amid smooth stones. A seating area in one corner offers a shaded spot to enjoy the garden's sights and sounds.

Black Onyx Pool

Strategic design equals stunning effect when considering Jason Brownlee's landscape plan for this lakefront property. Seen from above, the three-tiered, infinity-edged pool in black PebbleSheen onyx provides a dramatic contrast against the subtle tones of the patio and Mediterranean-inspired home while maintaining the contours of the radial theme of both the home and its location. 

Fun and Elegant Dream Pool

This modern swimming pool design features a smooth, even transition from the stone tile patio into the water. Stepping stones over the pool lead from the patio to the built-in waterfall feature in the center. A curved tube slide adds a fun entry to the water.

Xeriscape Fountain

A cool, contemporary water feature made of concrete and metal creates a focal point in this captivating outdoor space. The water spills into a neat bed of river rocks, which is situated by a cluster of beautiful succulents.
From: Jill Wolff

Fire and Water

A stucco fireplace is trimmed in Spanish style tile to blend with the patio retaining wall and the nearby pool and pool house just out of view. The fireplace is flaked by water features to add to the comfortable and serene vibe of the patio.
From: Synthesis

Welcoming Entry

A tile walkway leads past a calming water feature to the beautiful wood paneled door entering this dreamy, modern home. A unique artistic wood piece adds a touch of natural decoration to the neutral colors of the home.

Start From the Top

This waterfall takes advantage of the yard's natural hillside, not only is it utilizing gravity, it is also making the most of the vertical space. 

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