Some of the best garden designs are designed for simplicity. These gardens are some of the most beautiful, while also being some of the easiest to create. When it comes to adding a water feature, simplicity should not be overlooked! The more something is complicated the more confusing the overall look becomes, so when you decide to add a garden fountain there are some important things to consider. These things include the electric source, the fountain location, and making sure the fountain will blend with your existing landscape.
It is best to begin the process of adding a fountain by planning it out on graphing paper. Create a drawing of your landscape first on the paper, and then make a note of where you would like to place the fountain. You should accurately measure out your landscape on the graph paper, using each one inch square to represent 10 square feet. Mark any features on the graph paper like the house, edgings, trees, etc. This will help you determine the overall effect of the fountain on the landscape, and what size fountain will work best in your landscape.
Take this sketch outside and go over everything to make sure you did not miss any major landmarks, like a telephone pole or fencing, or any other obstructions to your line of sight. After this is done, you can begin to visualize the placement of your fountain, and if it will work best were you originally saw it, or if there is a place where it will fit proportionally better in your landscape. Make sure you plan for any other items you would like in your setting, like garden planters or statuary for example. A garden setting that has too many items in it can look cluttered; this results in the exact opposite of simplicity. Which can lead to confusion and an overall displeasing look for your landscape.
A garden fountain needs to be placed on a level, smooth and sturdy surface. This means making sure the setting is well prepared. The padding for the fountain should be established before the fountain is set up. This may include digging down two inches below the ground surface and filling it in with pea gravel or packed sand topped with pea gravel. You could also create a concrete pad or use brick pavers to create a beautiful, simple resting place for your fountain. No matter which option you choose be sure and keep it level, this way once the fountain is placed it will account for any natural leveling that may occur.
When planning for the location, make sure the fountain will be an attractive viewpoint from all angles. Make sure it is also in a place where it won’t inhibit the daily functions of your landscape. If you are working in your flower beds you do not want to get sprayed by water if a gust of wind comes along. You also do not want to place a fountain so it cannot be seen easily. It is a focal point after all. A great water feature, that adds harmony and balance to your landscape, can become quite a stunning centerpiece to the overall design of your landscape! If you are not quite sure where to begin when thinking of your outdoor space, often times, adding a water feature can be the jumping off point. Once you choose your water feature, you will gradually decide what sort of outdoor you want, whether it is simple, modern, classic, or otherwise inspired, the water feature can easily be the starting point.
These simple factors will help you to create a simplistic and beautiful garden setting. Follow these steps and adding a garden fountain should be a simple and easy project, one that will bring a wonderful feature to your setting!
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team