A stone garden fountain is attractive and long lasting
Garden fountains can be the perfect finishing touch to your garden, giving a touch of elegance and class. The soothing sound of water and the pleasing aesthetics are the perfect backdrop to a garden designed to impress or relax in and can act as an interesting focal point. Choosing a fountain that fits in with your period property and garden is, therefore important.
One of the first considerations is the best type of fountain to complement the period features of your property. Ornamental garden fountains are a popular choice as they can act as a centrepiece in a large space. They come in a variety of designs from minimalist to showy. If you have a smaller garden you may want to consider whether an ornamental fountain will make the best use of the space that you have.
An alternative is a wall fountain. These come in a variety of sizes and are a great way of adding a feature to a large expanse of wall. Installation and maintenance is usually straightforward and they can be mounted at any height, making it easy to keep them out of the reach of small children. A multi-tiered wall fountain can be used to make a grander statement if there is sufficient room to accommodate one.
Once you have decided on the type of garden fountain that you want then you will need to consider the type of material that you want to use. This will depend on the effect that you are looking to create and your budget.
Concrete garden fountains have been a popular choice for many decades as they have a natural look that ages well and requires little maintenance. Stone fountains, such as those in marble, slate or granite, are similarly attractive and long lasting. When opting for stone, take into consideration the other features in your garden and the type of property that you have to ensure flow.
If you have a smaller garden and are not intending to use the fountain for prolonged periods of time then you may want to consider a metal garden fountain. Usually made out of alloys such as copper or bronze, these fountains can make an attractive addition to a period property, although they do have the propensity to corrode.
With the style and materials decided upon, you can now turn your attention to how your garden fountain will be powered. A steady flow of water is essential to ensure a fully functioning fountain so it is important to give this issue due consideration. Electric pumps have traditionally been used, however, there is a growing demand for solar-powered pumps. Whilst these are more costly to install there is a long term benefit as there are no on-going electricity costs.
Finally, you will need to decide on any additional features that you would like, for example, night lighting or the inclusion of water pebbles for decoration. With the decision making complete you can then look forward to the joy that your fountain will bring to you over the years to come.
Author: Elizabeth Hambelton. Posted on April 13, 2012