From Dean Dowd on September 29, 2008 in Landscaping
Garden fountains bring the soothing sound of flowing water to your outdoor living areas. There are so many styles to choose from, how can you decide which one will look best in a particular spot?
Im a fan of going to see the highest quality options you can find for inspiration before you decide what to buy. Likely places to find beautiful examples are at high-end garden centers, restaurants with outdoor dining rooms, botanical parks, and public gardens. Most of these examples will be too large in scale for your garden or patio, but these styles are usually available in scaled-down sizes that are perfect for residential use.
Not only will this elegant look-around give you ideas about the kinds of fountains that are available, youll also see how these fountains are incorporated into their settings. Are they surrounded with lush foliage? Standing free on a tiled or graveled area? Or suspended from a wall some distance from the seating area, illuminated at night to give depth and a magical feel to a small, enclosed garden area?
With these ideas to help you decide what style and landscaping elements best suit your needs, youre almost ready to go shopping. Before you go, take measurements of the area youve designated for your fountain so you can compare the measurements of your prospective fountain choice to make sure it suits the scale as you envision it to look it can be deceiving to assess size and scale from warehouse to garden, or from computer screen to garden.
Now youre ready to shop! Youll find:
- Garden Fountains
- Tabletop Fountains
- Wall Fountains
- Floor Fountains
And these are available in:
- Cast Stone
- Glazed Ceramic
You can choose from:
- Tiered Fountains
- Animal/Human Statuary Fountains
- Waterfall Fountains
- Geometric Shaped Fountains
Unless you feel totally confident in your choice, you may want to start with a relatively small and lightweight fountain. This gives you some degree of ease in moving it around, and it wont break the bank or your back if youre installing it yourself. Once youve gotten familiar with the look and sound of this new garden accent, youll know what you want your next fountain to be like. Thats the thing about fountains they add so much charm that youll have no problem adding another one somewhere else in your outdoor world.
A couple of online resources to check out are: