How Water Features Improve Your Life and Your Yard

By: admin | Posted on: Mar/17/2018

Water Features Garden-fountains
Whenever you see photos of lavish estates or mansions, they usually include shots of some sort of water feature. Bubbling fountains, ornate bird baths, and rock waterfalls are heavily represented. You would be wrong to think that only the wealthy can have these beautiful outdoor fixtures. Almost any home can benefit from installing one or more water features because they are affordable as well as attractive.
Water features such as fountains and waterfalls add elegance to any yard. Their appearance alone is motivation to have one installed, but if you need more reasons, don’t worry. There are plenty of practical reasons as well. Owning a water feature can improve your state of mind as well as improve your property.


For all of history, mankind has been attracted to water. Lakes, streams, oceans – the size of the water source doesn’t matter. People are naturally at home around moving water.

Rock Falls Water Fountain Garden-fountains
When you are upset or worried, you may well search for a water feature. The sound of running water soothes many people, which is why some sleep to the recorded sounds of an ocean or a waterfall. Science backs up this phenomenon. Research shows that water makes you calmer and more creative. In fact, those who live near the ocean experience better health and less stress than the rest of the population. Waterfalls seem to provide the same type of mental and emotional benefits. People visit them for their beauty and also for the serenity they provide. It’s hard to be unhappy next to a waterfall.
Installing a water feature means you can enjoy these benefits without moving to the beach or lakeside. A rockfall fountain will give you the calming effect of a waterfall while adding beauty to your yard. The soft sounds can lull you to sleep each night and provide a relaxing spot for you and your family during the day. It’s like having a holiday destination in your own backyard.



Animals also attract and calm most people. A water feature will create an inviting environment for wildlife, attracting birds, frogs, and, depending on where you live, deer and other harmless creatures. Imagine enjoying bird and squirrel watching from your back porch or sunroom. Your children and grandchildren can learn about nature outside of a classroom. In fact, you might want to invest in a larger water feature and add goldfish, which your children will enjoy raising and watching. Water features give you many options.
Kosei Birdbath Garden-fountainsIn particular, you can benefit from birdwatching. In addition to giving you an increased appreciation of nature, birdwatching teaches you patience and hones your mental alertness. Plus, birders experience enhanced calmness while they keep an eye on various bird species.
You can choose from a variety of bird baths and fountains at, including traditional models as well as unique, single-piece models like the Kosei birdbath. All of these models add inviting detail to your landscaping.


Water Plants

You can increase the appeal of your traditional garden area by adding aquatic plants to a water fountain. You get all the soothing effects of other water features with the extra attraction of beautiful floating plants and flowers. Invest in easy-to-care-for varieties such as fairy moss, water hyacinth, and duckweed which float on the surface. For deeper fountains, you can add water lilies and lotus.
Besides being beautiful, these plants feed on nutrients in the water that algae depend on. As a result, your fountain water stays fresher and you have to perform less maintenance.


Increased Property Value

The term “curb appeal” has been overused, but the premise is sound. You want your home to look attractive and unique to appeal to potential buyers in case you ever decide to sell. A water feature provides that extra oomph to your yard that sets it apart from others on the block. A beautiful backyard retreat is something that almost everyone wants, so it can add to the monetary value of your home. Also, if you have noisy neighbors, a fountain can drown out annoying sounds, making your life more pleasant and your home more appealing to buyers.



Water features also help the environment in general and that of your backyard specifically. Summertime can bring brutal temperatures, but a water feature can lower the ambient temperature nearby 20 – 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Water casts off negative ions which trap dust and help purify the air. Also, when the water evaporates, it creates vapors that help filter the air as well. You and your family will actually breathe more easily with a water feature in your yard. Your next-door neighbors may benefit as well.
Water features are practical additions to your home. They add flair to your landscaping efforts and set your home apart from other houses in your area. These features are more than just value-enhancers. They can make you feel better emotionally. Soothing water sounds calm your anxiety and make your entire environment more restful. The water also improves the climate around your home. Water features are an affordable way to improve your quality of life.


Choosing Campania Patinas: The Greens and Natural: English Moss, Verde, and Natural

By: admin | Posted on: Mar/01/2018

Today’s Campania Patina review lands us in the natural and greens family. Today we will complete the review of the pigment Campania patinas and next week, we will review the Campania International acid stands, finishing up our Campania segment.

English Moss (EM)

English Moss (EM)

Maybe you are looking at an Outdoor Frog Statue or want a natural looking stain that will blend into your planting garden or outdoor area, English Moss may be just the selection for you.  Described as a vibrant spring green that often looks similar to natural moss, English Moss is the greenest of the Campania patinas.  Campania International’s Awakening Garden Statue is a great example of the English Moss Patina on a very detailed piece. For a preview of a smoother surface, the Zen Too Fountain is a great example of the English Moss Patina

For a softer approach to a green patina, Verde (VE), may be the perfect choice.  Described as a subtle, mossy green, the verde patina is said to be softer than the English Moss.  From statues to planters and fountains,

verde (VE)

Verde (VE)

Verde is a beautiful finish for rustic surfaces, smooth surfaces or even detailed pieces.  For an example of Verde applied to a smooth surface, preview the Savoy Planter, which has a beautiful green hue, for a more detailed surface the Joe Garden Statue is a wonderful example. So if you are looking for a softer approach to green, we would suggest the Verde patina over the English Moss Patina

The last selection, is not actually patina, but it is a choice when you are purchasing a Campania International cast stone product.  When choosing natural for your pieces, we will advise that the visual color of the pieces may vary.  As different concrete mixes are produced, it is possible that the two planters purchased in natural may not look identical.

Natural (NA)

Natural (NA)

Natural, when purchasing Campania Cast Stone, is not white.  It will more closely resemble a concrete color. We do want to note though, when purchasing Campania International GFRC pieces, natural will be white such as the Metropolis Cube.  In the Faccia Planter Set, you will find the Medium Planter in the natural finish. This is a great example because you can see the natural compared directly along side the Greystone patina.

No matter your selection, every Campania International piece is sure to withstand the test of time.  The quality and detail of each one of their cast stone pieces will be recognized by anyone who is lucky enough to see your outdoor space!
By: Susan Soler of the Team

Pro Design Tip: Make Your Yard Space Appear Larger With These Tips

By: admin | Posted on: Feb/24/2018

Garden Entrance Garden-fountains

Creating illusions, such as having more garden space, is one of the great secrets in transforming a garden into a designer’s masterpiece. Pro’s know how to do this. So if you borrow these tips you can make your yard space appear larger. It’s like you can become your own yard magician – a ‘Master of Illusion’!

If you follow these tricks and apply what you’ve learned on your own garden, you’ll easily add new and interesting garden features that can spark a sense of curiosity and intrigue from various angles.


Other Benefits Beyond Perceived Space


There are a number of reasons why creating your own ‘garden illusion” is worth while. First, using an illusion can help make small gardens appear larger. Or, if instead you have wide open spaces, you can make them seem more intimate with a few tricks. You’ll also be able to hide unwanted eyesores, and create an attractive view that the eyes can appreciate. And add the creation of new elements of intrigue, personality or humor in the garden. This can be easily accomplished by adding seating and benches or statuary, especially themed status such as animals, or mythical beings such as garden gnomes.


The Illusion Of Size


To make your garden seem larger than it really is, you can add deep garden beds where you can plant a variety of small and large shrubs including trees. When it comes to deciding on your lawn shape, you can create areas that are not so visible instead of spreading it out in front of you like a rug.


Lawns with interesting curves can give the illusion of having more space and can effectively tuck away and hide certain areas from the main view. Adding depth in foliage is also an effective way to hide the fences thereby making your garden seem like it goes on forever.


The Illusion Of More Light


Take a photo of your yard in full sun. Notice that the areas found underneath trees or those in between buildings are blacked out in high contrast – because of the shade. Where possible add plants in light colored tones, white, creams or yellows in these areas. This creates the illusion of more light underneath.


Antique Thea Terra Cotta Planter Garden-fountainsThe Illusion Of Age


Use pottery that exudes old character charm because it lacks fresh and bright elements. These can be containers that are old, beat-up, repurposed or simply classically old. Match the containers with plants that make you reminisce your favorite historical eras as well as notable memories and dreams.

If you can’t find old pottery easily in your area, purchase concrete or cast stone or pottery pieces that already have an ‘aged’ finish, such as this Thea Antiqued Planter. When stone or cement has an natural color wash, it instantly ages the piece. For ideas, you can check our shop for the color guides from our premier supplier Campania International.


Under The Sea Garden Beauty


Using a colorful assortment of succulents that are massed in a rock garden can create an under-the-sea inspired garden. Look for frilly echeverias (massed in order to resemble a coral); clamshell-shaped paddle plant (Kalanchoe luciae); blue chalksticks (Senecio serpens); and many-armed squid and octopus agaves for your succulents. Alternatively, you can make a waterless lily pond that’s also ever-blooming by planting a handful of echeverias for your water lilies in a bowl-shaped container then mulch it with blue grass for your water.


A Spilling Waterfall


Cascading plants, particularly those that are planted on top of walls, can create the so-called “spilling waterfall” illusion because of their flowing habit. Choose sprawling perennials such as prostrate rosemary; grassy clumpers such as spaghetti-leaved Texas beargrass (Nolina texana); and creeping groundcovers such as silver ponyfoot (Dichondra argentea). There are also a number of succulents that evoke falling water. You can use tail sedum (Sedium morganianum); string-of-fishhooks (Senecio radicans); and string-of-pearls (Senecio rowleyanus).Garden-fountains plant waterfall

Choosing Campania Patinas: The Browns: Travertine, Aged Limestone, and Brownstone

By: admin | Posted on: Feb/16/2018

A Campania Fountain purchase can be one of the best additions to your outdoor living area, continuing our series on choosing a patina, we will review three more options for your Campania garden accent. Our previous post reviewed Alpine Stone (AS), Greystone (GS), and Copper Bronze if you are looking for more information on those three finishes, we suggest you visit our previous post clicking here, otherwise continue on our journey of Campania patinas. It is also important for us to note that the manufacturer often photographs a piece in the patina they feel will best accent a piece.  This does not mean you have to choose that patina, but when in doubt, we typically suggest ordering it in the patina shown for optimal display.

This time around, we are going to take a journey into the shades of brown offered by Campania International. You may find that you have a brick patio that would look best with a natural patina in a shade of brown, today’s selection of patinas would be the place to look!


Brownstone (BR)

Brownstone (BR)


Brownstone (BR), is described as being a warm chocolate brown. Brownstone is often a wonderful choice for animal garden statues that often have a brown coloring, like the Basket Cases statue. This warm chocolate patina completes this statue from the detailing on the basket to the adorable fur on the puppies. This patina also works well on rustic pieces like our very popular Caterina Fountain.  For a natural, earthy look, Brownstone may be just the choice for your Campania selection.


Aged Limestone (AL)

Aged Limestone (AL)

Aged Limestone


The next patina in the browns category is the Aged Limestone (AL).  This patina is very beautiful on detailed pieces and is described as an antiqued brown with mossy green highlights. One of Campania’s most famous pieces displaying the Aged Limestone patina is the Corsini Wall Fountain, this fountain beautifully shows the almost dripping appearance of Aged Limestone.  For many, this  patina is the perfect choice for natural antiqued look for their outdoor or indoor space. The Arabesque Medium Window Box is another great example of the multi dimensions of the Aged Limestone patina. For optimal appearance, we typically suggest the Aged Limestone patina for pieces that are textured or detailed.  On a smoother surface, the finish will lack the running colors that make this patina beautiful. To view Aged Limestone on a smoother surface, we suggest the Flores Pedestal Fountain.


Travertine (TR)

Travertine (TR)



The last patina that is closest to the brown category is Travertine. Also known as TR, this soft honey color is inspired by Roman travertine.  A beautiful choice for natural, soft appearance of any garden accent.  If you are looking for your outdoor accent to blend seamlessly, then Travertine may be just the choice for you. As shown on the Cascade Fountain, this natural light looking finial can be a great option for outdoor areas where you are looking for your accents to blend rather than stand out.  The same look will follow through whether a piece is rustic like this table or even textured like the small Snail Garden Statue. Travertine is a wonderful, soft patina for just about any Campania cast stone piece.

It is always very important not to just look at a sample coloring when choosing a finish for a cast stone piece, whether it be Campania or a different cast stone manufacturer.  Each piece will appear differently depending on texture and detailing on a piece.  Feel free to contact us regarding your Campania purchase for additional pieces we can show you that are shown in the colors you are interested in.
By: Susan Soler of the Team


Have A Neglected Garden? Here’s How To Bring It Back To Life

By: admin | Posted on: Feb/07/2018

Revitalize a neglected garden garden-fountains

There are a number of reasons why gardens can become neglected. No matter the extent of the situation, gardens can still be restored through various ways and regain their original appeal. With proper planning, consistent effort, and tons of patience, you can easily rejuvenate any type of garden and transform it.


Test the soil


It’s always a smart idea to get a soil test before you start dealing with a neglected garden. This can be really useful if you were growing vegetables and fruits. However, a soil test may not be necessary if you’re only growing annual and perennial flowers. For additional information on that process, see our article here.


Learn the value of regular pruning


Restore your garden’s sense of space by regular pruning. Shrubs and bushes both need a thorough pruning even if they seem to have minimal life left. Cut back overgrown and unkempt hedges to maintain the boundary lines. Not only pruning encourages plants to revive and grow better, it also instills a sense of nurture and care in your garden in an instant even when there’s still a lot of work that’s needed.


Pay attention to lines and boundaries


A wildly overgrown garden is prone to having improperly maintained boundaries. Always remember that keeping your panels and fences in good condition can add a dramatic change to any form of garden aesthetics. In other words, it’s best to renew rotten fences and take care of wooden boundaries by applying a fresh coat of creosote. You can also paint the concrete posts and get a striking effect as a result. For ideas, you can visit our post on the subject here.


Record each phase to see and analyze improvement


With the help of a camera, you can take pictures of each phase that your garden goes through while it’s on a revitalizing stage. One example is taking a picture of your garden after you have removed the weeds. When you are conscious of every phase, you can easily plan how you want your garden to appear in the end. You can decide on the type of boundaries to use, the plants that you want to keep, the colors to achieve, the height limits for every section, and whether you would like a formal or an informal garden.


Keep the lawn free from weeds and moss


Start by cutting the grass to a certain level that will make it easier to mow, water, and leave unattended for a few days. Next, cut the grass using a conventional lawnmower and make sure that the entire lawn is free from weeds. Lastly, apply fertilizer after you have understood specific instructions.


Remove poison ivy with a lot of care


If you find any poison ivy vines in your overgrown garden, the best thing to do is to clear them. Make sure you get the roots, too. Be very careful not to drop any seeds while doing the process, as this will result to seeing new vines in the future.


Identify your budget


Don’t let your budget get out of control and cause your project to an unforeseen halt. Bear in mind that landscaping can be very costly particularly if you’re attending to a large-sized garden. However, planting can be cheap especially if you’re planting a seed.

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