When I have those princess-y feelings I generally want people (namely, my kids) to simply stop talking to me so I can sit quietly (like for just for one freaking second already!).
I immediately thought of princesses when I saw these pictures.
Specifically, fairy-tale princesses (but am I alone in thinking this woman has a distinct Kate Middleton vibe?).
My own princess moments do not require spa treatments, or ginormous poofy dresses and tiaras but rather a straight up and dirty martini in a sexy bar made with the best vodka and only fresh, hand-stuffed blue cheese green olives will do. Thank you very much.
But I kind of like the idea of a small but simple reflecting pool in my garden. (Even though I’m a realist – you won’t find me talking to it, hoping that my imaginary gay best friend will appear inside and tell me how fabulous I am).
A water feature is next level garden design and a mirror pool like this is one of the easiest ways to add the elegance of glassy water to your garden. This particular design comes with a bonus – no pumps, no deep digging, or even winterizing are required.
A reflecting pool in a garden offers several advantages, both aesthetic and functional. Here are some reasons you might want to having a reflecting pool in your garden:
The hidden reasons you should build a reflecting pool garden:
It will make your space more comfortable.
- The reflected light, warmth and tempered temps that water and stone cause, can also create a microclimate that might allow you to stretch your planting zone.
- Small reflecting pools provide a cooling effect. Water features, including reflecting pools, can help cool the surrounding area through evaporation. The presence of water can create a refreshing and cooling effect, especially during hot summer months. A pool can make your garden a more comfortable place to relax and unwind.
It supports other activities
- I think it would especially suit artists’ or photographers’ gardens. A pool like this can and will change and reflect the light in interesting ways.
- If you are the meditative type – this is a perfect addition to a meditation or yoga garden.
- Water features attracts wildlife. A reflecting pool can serve as a water source, attracting various forms of wildlife, such as birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. It helps support the ecosystem in your garden by helping support life and biodiversity of all the creatures living there.
- Educational Benefits. (this post about how one designer turned a garden into a beautiful science lab for kids is one of my favorite gardens ever). A reflecting pool can be a great educational tool, especially for children, to learn about aquatic ecosystems and the importance of water conservation.
Design Reasons to Add a reflection pool:
- The over all visual appeal is chic. A reflecting pool adds a sense of tranquility and beauty and creates a visually stunning and serene focal point.
- A feature like this defines and creates a sense of space. It’s like its own garden room with out making a garden room.
- Water sounds make a relaxing ambiance. The gentle sound of water trickling or the occasional splash from a small fountain or water feature in the reflecting pool can create a soothing and calming atmosphere. I kinda prefer the simplicity of this particular pool without the movement – but if you wanted to add a pump to make the water flow it can easily be placed beneath the rocks. The peaceful ambiance can help reduce stress and promote relaxation, making your garden a tranquil retreat.
- A small reflecting pool can make your garden appear larger than it actually is. The reflection of surrounding plants, trees, and the sky in the pool’s surface creates an illusion of depth and expansiveness, adding a feeling of spaciousness to the garden.
- Reflecting pools gives a different perspective. The pool acts as a mirror, reflecting the surrounding landscape, including plants, flowers, and trees. This reflection brings the beauty of nature closer to you, allowing you to enjoy the garden’s greenery from different perspectives.
So tell me – does this type of feature appeal to your inner princess, artist, yogi, naturalist, or scientist? (or all of the above?)
Or maybe it just appeals?
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images from cattisocheira