Water Walls, Waterfalls, Streams, Ponds, Bog Gardens, Artesian Springs, Tenajas and other Water Features for Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, the Coachella Valley and Southern California
Overall, these extremely beautiful, natural water features are our most popular landscape designs, for many reasons. While many people are unfamiliar with some of our more uncommon or avant-garde environments, everyone is familiar with, and loves, water features such as waterfalls, water walls, streams and ponds. And water in the outdoor space is a very desirable element in many of the Southern California areas we serve, such as Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.
Serving Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, the Coachella Valley and Southern California
La Quinta Backyard Water Garden
This video features a large water garden just completed in September 2017 in La Quinta, California. Although the garden is attractive now, it will become even more impressive over the coming months as the plants mature and the environment becomes more established. This is a spectacularly beautiful, tranquil, inspiring garden where the homeowners and their family and guests will enjoy many happy hours.
This garden, which fills the entire side yard of the home, is meant to simulate the type of rocky canyons found naturally in the area. At one end of the garden, a simulated artesian spring erupts from the top of a small hill and forms a waterfall that cascades down to a stream, which runs for approximately forty feet through the rocky landscape and terminates in a large pond.
The plants used in the landscape are a combination of native species and other plants suited to arid mountain and desert environments. The landscape incorporates an existing large native chilopsis tree. Many of the plants flower, and are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and other animals. The environment in general is attractive to many species of native wildlife, including songbirds, roadrunners and other birds, reptiles and amphibians, dragonflies and other insects, etc. The combination of water and a diverse array of plants make this a welcome oasis in the desert.
The pond features four lovely tropical water lilies, with blooms of red, blue, purple and white. In a relatively short period of time, most of the pond surface will be covered with the leaves and blooms of these lilies. Other blooming plants in the pond include water hyacinth, water iris, water poppy and primrose creeper. Also included are graceful cattails, parrot feather and various types of water weed, grasses, etc. Eventually, the pond will be a lush environment. Various small plants, mosses, etc. will also grow in and along the stream. At present, mosquito fish have been introduced for the control of mosquitoes. Other types of minnows and other fish will be added after the pond has had a few months to become biologically balanced.
The homeowners’ future plans to finish the garden include a flagstone patio with a path along the edge of the stream and a veranda cover along the side of the home.
We invite you to check back every few months to see the progress and evolution of this beautiful garden.
Backyard Mountain Stream
Each of our water features is unique, designed to meet the specific desires of the client. You will never see another feature quite like yours on anyone else’s property. We specialize in naturalistic designs that look as though they were the result of real geological or environmental forces. But we also create amazing, one-of-a-kind aquatic art structures.
We use only the best, most permanent materials and techniques in our water features. Our installations will remain solid, trouble-free and beautiful indefinitely.
If you are looking for something really breathtakingly impressive, unique, built for the ages and reasonably priced, we are the ones you are seeking.
A Western Red-rock Mountain Waterfall
This fabulous, expansive waterfall was created using an exquisite red stone with hues of orange and purple that creates the look of a Colorado or Arizona red-rock mountain environment. The homeowner wanted this look to go with her home style. You can see more photos of the total environment on the Exterior Specialty Environments page.
A Southern California Native Granite Double Waterfall and Stream
This installation was created in the raised planter adjacent to the pool and patio of an inland Southern California home. It simulates the type of streams found in the wild canyons of the area mountain ranges. It features an upper artesian spring waterfall, stream and lower waterfall that empties into a pond. See more photos of this environment on the Exterior Specialty Environments page.
A Small Front Yard Waterfall Garden
This pretty little waterfall, pond and surrounding garden was designed for the front sitting area of a Southern California home. The owner wanted a pleasant environment where she could sit, chat and have tea with her neighborhood friends. The stone used was a rugged lava that gives a very dramatic look. It facilitates the creation of numerous pockets throughout the waterfall where we planted various types of bog/water-loving plants with many textures and flowers. The surrounding area was planted to create a lush, cool woodland look.
The owner selected a small group of pretty goldfish at a local pond store to live in the pond. She and her friends enjoy hand-feeding the fish. Though it has a relatively small square footprint, the pond is quite deep, and we designed the pond perimeter with overhanging rock ledges and included other rocky shelters within the pond body to help protect the fish from possible predators, such as neighborhood cats, raccoons and herons. The waterfall itself sustains a large bacterial biomass to help maintain good water quality and also facilitates good aeration of the water. As with all our installations, this waterfall and pond is solidly built of the finest materials for strength, reliability and longevity. A small water feature like this is well within the budget of almost any homeowner. For more photos of this garden, see the Exterior Specialty Environments page.