As an outdoor extension of your home, your garden should be a calm and relaxing sanctuary. Green spaces filled with colourful flowers, sensual herbs and the sound of trees allow you to escape the noise and stresses of work and city life, and create a soothing place where you can take some time for yourself.
Research has also shown that listening to the sounds of rushing and gurgling water helps us feel calmer, which is why so many outdoor areas have water fountains or swimming pools as central features in their designs. If you’re looking to remodel your garden this season, it could be time to maximise your outdoor space with the help of a well-chosen water feature.
Why include a water fountain in your garden?
For centuries, water features have been used as awe-inspiring focal points and centrepieces in stately gardens: just look at those found in the gardens of the Chateau of Versailles just outside of Paris. Even without the land and resources of French royalty, there are so many ways to make an outdoor water fountain draw the eye in the same way.
Which materials should you pick?
Marble or stone options add an alternative smooth texture to flower beds and shrubs, or there are many sustainable features that are becoming more and more popular. These designs are able to harvest or re-use rainwater without sacrificing on the aesthetics. What’s more, a water feature can also provide a drinking point for birds and a habitat for fish.
The many different styles of water fountain on offer mean you can choose a design or have one custom-made to fit into the décor of your garden; whether that be minimalist or more decorative.
Which type of outdoor water fountain should you choose?
Spouting fountains spray water up into the air through a submersible pump, producing a dramatic effect. You can add a completely new spouting water feature, or add such a pump onto an existing fountain.
A pondless feature draws water from an unseen source, usually underground. Therefore it’s a good choice for smaller or crowded gardens. These designs are usually much more low-maintenance as well, and hidden pipework results in a sleek and contemporary look. Place an urn or boulder with the water running through the centre of the arrangement, and allow the water to cascade into rocks or gravel so it can properly drain.
Cascading water fountains are a subtle but highly effective option. Rather than a pipe, a cascading feature uses different layers of its own structure to create a gentle, waterfall effect. These fountains tend to be self-contained, so all pipes and waterworks are kept within the unit itself for a tidy and compact finish.
Wall features can be just as striking as centrepieces, and are particularly suitable for adding interest to patios or small green areas on your property.
No matter which style of water fountain you choose, adding one into your garden is a low-maintenance way to transform your space into a haven of peace and tranquillity. As well as providing a natural habitat, a water fountain adds a focal point for your garden and the perfect place to relax.