Create an Instant-Oasis with Professionally Installed Koi Ponds and Waterfalls Backyard ponds and waterfalls are the most impressive of all hardscape installations. Ponds and water features can be designed to accommodate a wide range of styles from traditional Mediterranean to sleek, contemporary fountains and water walls. Fountains and ponds are equally effective in formal landscapes and quaint backyard courtyards with limited space. Water features can take the shape of informal ponds with rocky banks or formal reflecting pools with structured angles.
For centuries, water features have been an integral part of landscape design. From formal reflecting ponds at French palatial palaces like Versailles to natural ponds and fountain shrines constructed around Asian temples, water features, koi ponds, and fountains are essential landscape elements that add the soothing sound of bubbling water into the garden atmosphere.
Koi fish are an essential part of many water features and informal ponds. Colored koi were first bred in Japan in the 1820s, but the trend remained a regional specialty until an international exhibition in Tokyo in 1914. Today, koi fish are available in many colors, including white, yellow gold, red, black, and various combinations. According to Chinese lore, koi represent prosperity and provide a balance of yin and yang for healthy energy flow. Colored koi represent different aspects of nature; for example, golden koi represent wealth while red and white speckled koi represent family, relationships, and love. Traditionally, a ratio of one black koi to nine orange koi is regarded is regarded as the most harmonious. Koi ponds can also incorporate bridges, natural walkways, and waterfalls for more impact in the landscape.
To accommodate any taste, backyard ponds can be designed with natural rocks and spillways evocative of a tropical jungle, or they can be built to mimic the formal reflecting pools and sculpted fountains found in Rome and across the Mediterranean region. Options for custom designed water features range from compact, self-contained fountains to koi ponds that hold thousands of gallons of water. Depending on the aesthetic styling, ponds can incorporate minimalist styling or lush palms, tropical foliage plants, bog plants, and aquatic flowers to create a natural oasis that completes the look of the backyard landscape. Lush banana trees, flowering cannas, papyrus, water lilies, lotuses, oxygenating foliage plants, and many other unique aquatic plant species can be incorporated into the final design on your water feature.
At Green Acres, landscape designers and a team of installation professionals will work with you through every step of the process from the initial consultation to installation and setup to create a pond that fits your budget and design requirements. From formal fountains to informal ponds and waterfalls, the Green Acres is Awesome at pond/waterfall design and installation. Contact us at www.GreenAcresVista.com.