Finding Good Sites for Garden Fountains to aid garden design

Many people say that they have always dreamed of having garden fountains, but they fear that their garden is too small or otherwise unsuitable. What they have is a real desire to enjoy the soothing tranquility only the sound of falling water can bring.

Many water features, garden fountains and stone fountains are now comparatively small and do not require any foundations to be laid. Above-ground garden fountains sit on a plate and are easy for anybody to assemble without any tools or DIY expertise. The same goes for self-standing models. Any corner of the grounds, or patio area, can support a free-standing pedestal fountain, which operates with hidden cabling. The tiniest pocket handkerchief of a garden can be enhanced with the gentle trickle of cascading water by erecting a garden feature such as this in an otherwise neglected nook.

Even a wall can support an elegant and lovely fountain, if space is really at a premium and the classical-looking lions’ heads bring a noble touch of Ancient Rome to the English terrace. A larger wall fountain can transform a dingy courtyard into a haven of peace and harmony.

Ball fountains are another contemporary choice. They have remarkable mesmerising qualities as the water glides in a sheen over the orb. A wide front step would allow room for one of these striking beauties and make a strong style statement to the front of any home — even one where there is no garden at all.

For the ultimate in patio or hard-standing meditative pieces, a Buddha fountain supported on a bed of shining river pebbles is a beautiful addition to promote well-being, calm and spiritual peace.

For those who dream of larger pond-style fountains, hard landscaping solutions can often be found, relatively inexpensively, to level the ground. You can use a small digger to make space for an in-ground model. Creative gardeners also have the choice to design their own bespoke pool.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us for advice if you have concerns about the suitability of any of our garden fountains for your particular patch. The number is at the bottom of the page and we are happy to chat, or you can send us an email if you prefer.

Solar-Powered Garden Water Fountains are a great option

Although 2013 has been a notable summer in terms of the strength and length of the sunny days, sunshine is not something we can really take for granted in the British Isles. This might put some people off when it comes to considering the choices available for powering garden water fountains. The principal fear is that in opting for a solar-powered pump, the garden water fountains will be compromised by a weak water flow, spoiling the overall effect.

Solar energy does not, however, rely on a constant stream of heat and light emanating from the sun, despite its name. In solar technology, it is the energy from the sun that is captured in photo-voltaic cells. Effectively, this means that even on a cloudy day the energy is continually being harvested. The cells then convert the sunlight energy into electricity, which can be used to run all manner of appliances in a green, cost-efficient and eco-friendly fashion, including garden fountains and even fairy lights. As gardeners tend to be nature lovers, it is a highly appealing system to work in tandem with the elements to run one’s garden water fountains in this way. It is also pleasing to see no impact on the domestic electricity bill.

Another concern may be regarding maintenance issues, but these are minimal. A solar panel merely needs to be cleaned with mild soapy water to remove any dust, bird droppings, dead leaves or snow. Some natural cleaning will occur with rainfall. In siting the panel, it is important to take overhanging trees into account, as excessive shade will impair performance. Solar PV is extremely resilient and long-lasting and is unlikely to need replacing for at least 25 years.

Freestanding, self-contained or pond fountains all come with the option of a solar-powered pump. These stone fountains are also in a range of classic textures from sandstone to white limestone, which age beautifully. Painting the stone with a weak solution of natural yoghurt is an interesting technique to further encourage an antique “mossy” effect, if so desired.

For further explanations of the reliability of solar power in garden water fountains, please do give us a telephone call. We would be happy to welcome you and provide demonstrations if you are in the area.

A little history of Water Fountains

Water fountains first appeared in the ancient Middle East and they can be seen on the wall paintings on Egyptian tombs. They were often rectangular and lined with trees, providing a cool sanctuary to rest from the heat of the sun. They would often feature in the inner courtyard of a home, with the walls providing another barrier against the blasting hot temperatures outside.

It was the Persians who really started to make complex architectural stone fountains. The Romans had elaborate public-bathing rituals embedded in their culture and communal pools with fountains were a feature of every Roman town and city, as we see today in many famous ruins.

The Spaniards, Indians, Chinese and Japanese all have long history of exquisite fountain design dating right back to the 15th century. It was Renaissance Italy that saw a huge boom in the ingenuity and complexity of water features and spouting water fountains and waterfalls were copied throughout Europe. King Louis XIV of France, the Sun King, was a fountain enthusiast and used them to enhance his own reputation as a conqueror — in this case, over nature. The gardeners at Versailles combined shooting water from fountains with music and fireworks to create great spectacles. These were not the first ever musical fountains, though, as some were described as long ago as the first century AD by Hero of Alexandria.

By the late 18th century the trend turned towards more natural-looking fountains in tune with the elements, such as those at Stourhead in Wiltshire which were created to resemble an Arcadian paradise.

In the 20th century water fountains had long since lost their essential function as a source of drinking water and found their way into everyday spaces such as shopping malls and office buildings. Ever more amazing water fountains continue to be designed and constructed as they never seem to lose their hold on the collective imagination. The tallest continually running fountain in the world is now fed direct from the Red Sea and shoots 260 metres into the air in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Middle East may be the originator of water fountains as garden feature, but they have gone on to be the exponent of cutting-edge technology and breath-taking design.

If you would like to continue the age-old tradition of having a water fountain in your garden, why not give us a call? We would be happy to talk you through the many varieties available and the simple installation process.

Show your garden some love with our garden water fountains

Summer will soon be drawing to a close as we all brace ourselves for another British winter. The beautiful weather has meant that we have had the pleasure of enjoying our gardens and outdoor spaces without having to dash inside at frequent intervals when the heavens open and the rain begins to pour. Make the most of what the rest of the summer has to offer and get the most out of your garden. After providing you and your families with a summer of fun, why not give your garden a bit of TLC with beautiful new garden water fountains from Geoff’s Garden Ornaments.

Perhaps you plan on cramming in some late garden parties and bbq’s before summer departs for the whole year? Geoff’s Garden Ornaments offer a fantastic range of water fountains that can really spruce up your garden and certainly give it the wow factor! Get your neighbours chatting and own the garden everyone wants the pleasure to admire and visit.

We have a wide range of fountains which will fit perfectly in your garden and make it feel like a whole new world! Choose from our different stone colours, sizes and designs to find the perfect one for your space. Perhaps you want to go all out with a feature fountain with circular pool surrounds for a grand and sophisticated look? Or perhaps you’d prefer a more elegant and understated look with a free standing self-contained or pond fountain? You will find a wide selection at Geoff’s Garden Ornaments.

Our fountains can offer a sense of tranquillity and a feeling of paradise just by their very presence. Of course these water fountains can be perfect for any garden and not just for ones that host many parties. Maybe you have a very stressful and chaotic life. If so, your garden could become your new favourite place to relax! Sit back with a glass of wine, light some candles, or get an outdoor lamp, and listen to the water trickle from your beautiful water fountain. You will feel transported to a paradise of tranquillity.

To browse the beautiful range of garden water fountains, please see our website.

How to ensure you child stays safe around garden stone fountains

Here at Geoffs Garden Ornaments, we have been providing beautiful garden water fountains to homeowners throughout the UK for over 25 years. We have built a fantastic reputation on providing quality stone fountains, ornaments and statues. From our free standing self-contained water fountains to more elaborate feature fountains, we have the ideal focal point for any garden, large or small.

Whilst our garden stone fountains add that something extra to any garden, they also pose a potential risk to children, especially if left unsupervised. It goes without saying that children need constant supervision around water, whether in bathtubs, swimming pools, lakes or even water fountains. Children can drown in less than 2 inches of water and so it is essential that children (young children in particular) are constantly watched when around water.

Further to this, it’s important to teach your children about the possible dangers of playing in and around stone fountains. They should know that the fountains are there for decorative purposes only as opposed to being an area of play. Ensure that you teach your children to never run, jump or push others when around fountains and other sources of water, such as ponds. Even in winter when the fountain is frozen over, it is important for your child to realise that they can still fall through the ice despite how thick it looks.

Although these precautions are to ensure the safety of children when around water fountains, they also help to make sure that your new garden focal point is not damaged in any way.

We have a wide range of stone fountains and are sure we will have the ideal one for your garden, regardless of your personal tastes and requirements. Along with a variety of designs and sizes, our fountains come in a range of different stones from classic limestone and white limestone through to sandstone and antique stone. You will be spoilt for choice at Geoffs Garden Ornaments!

For more information, please visit our website where you can browse our entire range. Should you require any further guidance or advice, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team who will be more than happy to assist.