Ever think of adding a water feature to your yard? Fountains make great additions to any landscape, playing a prominent role in landscape design for homes of all kinds. Compared with other types of water features such as ponds and waterfalls, fountains are less labor-intensive to make and less time consuming to maintain.
How Garden Fountains Contribute to Your Yard
Used in many cases to create drama or tranquility in a garden, fountains do many things, not the least of which is to energize the outdoor environment with sound and movement. Fountains also provide a sense of peace, quiet and calm. This is why it’s such a coveted sensory experience, combining a visual interest with an audio component.
They can produce dramatic splash effects, or you can keep them pretty simple and subtle. Which type of fountain you choose as well as the size will depend on the architectural style of your home, your landscape design style (formal vs. informal), and the area in which you have to work.
Types of Fountains
There are two basic types: wall mounted and free-standing.
- Free-standing: Many havecollection pools surrounding the base. These are called “disappearing” fountains, usually set on a base of river rock with plantings as borders. Water will percolate directly through the river rock into an underground reservoir where it will circulate back into your water circulation system.
- Wall-mounted: Featuring more of an organic character, many of these are built into a retaining wall. Some have water dripping from a spout into a collection basin, while others have a “weeping” wall due to the water seeping out onto the rock face that trickles down quietly.
Different Location, Different Effect
Your chosen landscape designer can help you choose the perfect location for your fountain. Location should be decided on before type of fountain. If you have an expansive landscape, you can position a large fountain in your chosen space to act as a centerpiece that anchors a portion of your visual landscape design.
If you have a small courtyard and are tight on space, a small simple fountain is best. In general, place the fountain where it will show off its best features from as many vantage points as possible. As such, you may want to position your fountain:
- At the intersection of garden walkways to create a space in which to pause and reflect.
- Near your patio where you can enjoy your fountain as you eat or entertain.
- Between a sitting area and the street to filter street noise.
Maintenance for all types of fountains is pretty minimal. An auto-fill valve tapping into the irrigation system can maintain water level. If you don’t have this feature, you’ll have to manually check the level. On top of that, you’ll have to clear leaves and other debris from the collection pool periodically.
If debris gets into the pump and clogs it, the motor could fry. Disappearing fountains take even less maintenance, due to the fact that there is no pool surrounding them. Thus, leaves and other debris cannot get sucked into the water circulation system.
Contact Outdoor Home Living
Our landscape designers can come up with the perfect fountain for your landscape. To learn more, contact us at 214-328-5296.