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From the smallest wall fountain to a large natural lake, water gives life, sound, and light to a garden.

Still reflective pools suggest depth. Canals and rills are soothing, fountains and chutes add drama, water falling over stones or rocks add sparkle. Pools, geometric in shape, are formal, as pools with undefined lines are informal. Formal pools are best sparsely planted to accentuate, their strong lines, informal pools are best softened with plants mirrored at the water’s edge. Water in town gardens can relieve the oppression of walls and buildings and can expand the space by reflecting the sky. Ponds and lakes in country gardens can pull in the natural landscape.

A selection of photographs shown here illustrates how Sue uses water in gardens that she has designed.