Be it a cascading waterfall, a bubbling fountain or a glassy, still pond, the addition of a water feature to your garden adds an appealing focal point, creating lovely reflections and sounds. Water is also the single most important addition to a garden if you want to attract more wildlife. If space is limited, consider a bubbling millstone or trough filled with water and aquatic plants.

To make the most of water it pays to use it economically. It helps to understand the needs of plants and use techniques to prevent water loss from both plants and soil.

Watering should never be carried out where drainage is poor, as adding water will do more harm than good, roots being very susceptible to airless conditions, particularly when the soil is warm in summer.