Oakbrook Landscape Projects: patio and water feature (pondless) phases seen below
A water feature has all the effects of a pond, but without the open water. Attracts wildlife as well.
Will need a year or two to fill in. Using low grow native dropseed grasses, juniper, geranium, thyme, Asters
Natural stone added to this waterfall, pondless water featrure. Sedges (Carex) are a good choice, esp. if the area is moist.