fountains add the element of sound to a garden. The sound of gurgling
water naturally soothes most. This relaxing sound lends to an environment
of peace and escape.
Water features also add lushness to an area. Water has a cooling effect
and can even bring the immediate surrounding area’s temperature
down by one to two degrees. Combine that with some shady trees or shrubbery
and an instant oasis is created.
In the science of landscaping fountains fall under the category of hard-scape-
which are non natural items adding to the layout of the area, such as
concrete pads and patios. Fountains have been found in our history as
far back as 3000 B.C. Ancient Chinese homes had fountains in their courtyards.
Civilizations were built around water and fountains were the symbolic
homage to the life-giving source.
In the practice of Feng Shui water is one of the five elements that
should be represented in a landscape. It is also believe that water
brings prosperity and good luck to the home. Energy moves easily through
water and therefore attracts positive things.
Functionally, garden fountains can also be used to control the flow
of water. Additionally many gardeners add fountains to attract birds
and wildlife to the garden. They can double as bird baths or even create
a place for fish to dwell.
Fountains can be found as wall fountains, pond fountains, floor fountains,
or pedestals. The fountains themselves can be made of resin, cement,
wood, pottery, metal, or rock. Their designs can range from natural
to artistic and contemporary.
Happily, many fountains today are ran off of solar power and do not
require the need for electrical wiring. However, larger fountains found
in parks and ponds may require additional help. A lot of fountains can
even have solar lights integrated within them.
When selecting a garden fountain size, price, and style should be kept
in mind. The size of a fountain should be proportionate to the size
of the area it is placed. A modest space should not contain a monstrous
water feature. Everyone has seen a yard with a fountain that looks tacky
and out of place, this is commonly because the fountain is too big or
doesn’t match the style of the home and it’s yard.
Prices for fountains can range from relatively inexpensive to costly.
The price will depend on the size and the material used. Marble fountains
are generally going to cost more than resin. Big fountains designed
to move large ponds of water will cost more and will be more expensive
to run and maintain.
The style of the fountain should reflect the style of the garden and
the home. A grandiose fountain will look out of place in front of a
log cabin. Take a cue from the surrounding vegetation, and keep in mind
the area in which it will be placed.
Fountains do need to be maintained. The level of maintenance depends
on the type of fountain. Some will need to be drained, treated, and
covered. Others are fine to freeze in the cold the way they are. Fountains
will need to be cleaned to remove build up of algae and debris, some
use chemicals for this purpose.
Once the garden fountain is home, feel free to personalize it. Brass
plaques can dedicate the fountain to the memory of a loved one. Interesting
stones or other objects can be placed in the fountain. One can even
turn their fountain into a personal wishing well.
A garden fountain is a great way to add a focal point to any garden
and will draw visitors to relax and enjoy the peaceful sounds.