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Texas cottage gardens rely on the magic of water in many different ways.  Water brings light and music to the garden.  When it is gathered into quiet ponds it nurtures plant and bird life and provides a mirror to reflect beautiful images.  It cools the air around it and masks outside noises with its splashing.

Water elements are as versatile as they are effective.  You can devise a water feature for any garden regardless of it’s size or design.  It is surprising how a simple feature can replenish the body and calm the mind.

Lets hear it for the gardeners who, after a hard days work look for that cooling off spot.  Whether it be close to the coolness of the waterfall, or closing your eyes and letting the sounds of a small fountain erase the day, water serves an important function in your garden.

A gazebo and pond combination is sure to make parties frequent.
A gazebo and pond combination is sure to make parties frequent.
Build it...they will come.
Build it...they will come.
Natural waterfalls are at home in a cottage garden setting.
Natural waterfalls are at home in a cottage garden setting.
The bubbling fountain is so easy to maintain.  It is all the sound without all the work.
The bubbling fountain is so easy to maintain. It is all the sound without all the work.
Here's a fountain to delight children of all ages.  The rock bubbler adds to the fun.
Here's a fountain to delight children of all ages. The rock bubbler adds to the fun.
Fish soon become pets who can be fed by hand.
Fish soon become pets who can be fed by hand.
Having a little talk with the wildlife.
Having a little talk with the wildlife.
In this photo a stone breaks the water feature into two parts, allowing easier winterizing.
In this photo a stone breaks the water feature into two parts, allowing easier winterizing.
This pond has a traditional twist with its statuary and hard surfaces.
This pond has a traditional twist with its statuary and hard surfaces.
The sound of a pond is very important.  Slightly moving a rock can change the sound from spilling to a quiet song.
The sound of a pond is very important. Slightly moving a rock can change the sound from spilling to a quiet song.
This mosaic bird bath is a wonderful piece of art in a functional form.  The glass catches the sunlight and sparkles.  It also adds height to the bed.
This mosaic bird bath is a wonderful piece of art in a functional form. The glass catches the sunlight and sparkles. It also adds height to the bed.
Pond plants help keep the fish and water healthy.
Pond plants help keep the fish and water healthy.
Two little angel boys looking at their reflections in the water.
Two little angel boys looking at their reflections in the water.
Paths across water have special appeal.
Paths across water have special appeal.
This pond allows you to get to both sides by placing a rock in the middle of the stream.
This pond allows you to get to both sides by placing a rock in the middle of the stream.
Transforming a birdbath into a planter provides additional space for flowers.  The sedum will cascade down the sides and resemble water.
Transforming a birdbath into a planter provides additional space for flowers. The sedum will cascade down the sides and resemble water.

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