Fountains Make a Big Splash in Your Garden

Fountains Make a Big Splash in Your Garden

Ponce de Leon spent his life searching for the “fountain of youth.” Fortunately for us, we only have to search a local garden center to find that special fountain which will transform our own backyard into a private oasis. Today when we relax in our gardens, the soothing sounds of flowing water from a fountain can calm our soul. We, too, are drawn to the spiritual qualities as the gentle sounds of flowing water wash stress from our busy days, restoring and relaxing us. This universal appeal is making fountains more popular with homeowners, especially as the effort to create personal outdoor spaces continues.


What’s Your Style?


The most important consideration to keep in mind when choosing the right fountain is the overall style of your home and garden. Whether you have an urban, contemporary or
country garden, the fountain should be compatible with your personal style and the aesthetics of your house and garden.  With fountains ranging from traditional European designs to more modern Zen-inspired pieces, today’s selection of foun-tains appeal to the broadest of palates.


Consider Your Space


Whether on a patio or in the landscape, a free-standing fountain can be a mesmerizing focal point. The size of the fountain that you choose will depend on the size of your garden space. You could have a 4-by-6-foot pocket garden and put a small beautiful fountain at the end, and you’ve really made an incredible statement. Although fountains can take center stage in the landscape, you might also consider nestling your fountain in a secluded corner of your garden. Tucked away among the plantings, the fountain will not distract from the overall composition. Discovering such pieces, as one strolls in the garden, brings a delightful element of surprise and magic.


What’s Your Desired Outcome? Dramatic or Zen?

If creating a highly dramatic effect is your desire, the classic choice is a larger two- or three-tiered fountain as a focal point for your landscape, such as the Belvedere Fountain. If you want something Zen, look for a more soothing effect in water gently cascading over a cast stone ball. Discover the allure of dancing water from a fountain lit at night, while you entertain on the patio or deck. Look for freestanding wall fountains,
which include lighting components for dramatic night-time illumination.


Low or High Maintenance


Keeping your fountain clean and free of debris to prevent algae growth and clogging is something to consider when purchasing a fountain. Smaller fountains don’t require as much maintenance as larger fountains. And remember to protect your fountain in winter with a water-resistant fountain cover to prolong the life of your fountain. Whether simple or ornate, you can create your own private oasis by introducing your own fountain of youth into your landscape or garden.

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