Both contemporary and traditional garden fountains can act as wonderful focal points in any landscape design. Materials range from stone and concrete through to bronze, glass and aluminium all have their advantages and own aesthetics. When designing a garden and looking at the best placement for a fountain it is also worth considering access to power not only for the pump but also for lighting. A fountain that can be lit up in the evening adds a extra dimension to the night garden. Programmable timers are another useful addition.
Surroundings for are also important, a formal surround is always popular, however fountains can also be located in ponds, large bowls and as well as being integrated into paved areas.
Wall fountains great for small gardens
With smaller areas it can seem a little difficult to ‘fit a fountain in’, however the solution is to use a wall mounted fountain. These have been used for centuries and today are well suited for use in courtyards, small backyards and even in narrow walkways. A wall mounted fountain at the end of a garden path can be a real feature in any garden. Wall fountains are also a great addition to an entrance, foyer or patio area.
Mosaic Wall Fountain Elements for wall fountains can be purchased separately or the complete kits are available. Existing walls can be used to attach many designs, more elaborate designs may need to be constructed on site. The classic ‘lion head’ fountain and rock trough are popular, however a simple spout with a mosaic bowl can work well.
Free standing garden fountains
We traditionally see fountains as round and free standing, and these designs still serve us well in modern gardens. Again materials will vary from concrete to bronze, however the purpose remains the same, to act as a strong focal point in the garden. A free standing fountain is basically a fountain sitting a large trough, the water is recycled through the system with an electric pump. The beauty of many of the classical designs is their ability to fit into so many landscaping situations. As a feature at the front of a house, or perhaps located more in the garden itself, surrounded by plants that help it to blend in with the landscape.
Free standing garden fountain Pictured above right is a classical urn type fountain in a simple concrete trough, flowering water plants are added to help soften the overall look of the installation. A well designed and constructed fountain can provide a centre piece for a classical parterre garden or act as a small focal point in in a small courtyard, versatile and a great addition to the landscape. Even small garden fountains can certainly add a touch of style.