Stone Fountains – A Centrepiece for Your Garden

Water fountains are an excellent choice if you are seeking a striking centrepiece for your garden. They come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional three-tiered fountains and classical figurine statues to ultra-modern geometric designs and spheres. The more traditional designs can look splendid in a classically designed garden with gravel paths, grass lawns and wide herbaceous borders. The more modern designs work well in outdoor spaces which might have decking and paving and more sculptural plants. It is even possible to find Buddha garden water fountains which can look very striking in Zen gardens, complete with perfectly raked gravel and bamboo.

If you are fortunate enough to have a large garden, you might consider dividing it into distinct zones or ‘rooms’ and giving each a different theme You could perhaps have vegetables in one, white plants in another or perhaps roses with a water fountain as a central garden feature and a separate play area for children and grandchildren. In this way you can add interest to your garden and avoid the cliché of a wide expanse of lawn with straight, thin borders around its edges.

Not only will your fountain be a focal point, but it will also draw wildlife into your garden. Expect to see dragonflies during the summer and garden birds all year round. A water fountain also succeeds in bringing the beautiful and relaxing sound of running water into your outside space. No wonder most garden designers choose to include stone fountains into their landscaping.

Stone fountains can be found in different colours and types of stone. The best are made from genuine stone rather than the cheaper and less hard-wearing resin. Those made from beautiful limestone and Portland stone are not inexpensive, but they will make a striking centrepiece which will age beautifully, taking on a mellow patina as the years pass. Stone fountains can usually be found in various finishes, such as natural, antique or even bronze. Sizes vary considerably too, from small fountains that you can easily install yourself to large imposing affairs which will need a builder to ensure that they are fitted successfully. It is important to choose the right size. Your fountain should complement your outdoor space rather than dominate it.

Stone fountains are a wonderful way to bring interest to your garden, adding a sense of calm and serenity with the wonderfully restful sound of running water.

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Finding Stone Fountains for Even the Smallest Space

If you are someone who has always loved the gentle sound of running water and has always wanted to have your very own water garden feature, you will love some of the smaller designs you can find today.

Stone fountains need not be grand, ornate affairs. If you do not want one to dominate your lawn, it is more than possible to source a small fountain which will fit neatly into a previously unloved corner of the garden or sit against a wall on your patio.

If you are concerned about the cost of fitting one and the amount of work that will be involved, you may again be pleasantly surprised to learn that some small stone fountains sit above the ground and do not require foundations. They sit on a plate and are easily connected to your electricity supply with hidden cables. You may even choose a stand-alone fountain that runs from a solar-powered pump.

If, on the other hand, you require a large and imposing fountain, you can employ someone to level the ground and to use a small digger to dig the foundations. If you have a little experience in DIY, however, you should be able to do it yourself easily.

There are many different styles of fountain to choose from. You will find classical statues and the traditional three-tiered variety. You can buy anything from small versions that do not require a pond base to much larger fountains which sit in ponds of your own design, and everything in between.

If you favour a more contemporary design, ball stone fountains are very modern. These are a popular favourite as people love to watch the water bubble up through the fountain’s central orb and glisten over it on to the base below.

You may also like Buddha fountains, which will look great in a small garden with a Zen-like feel. Just add bamboo and an area of raked gravel.

Tiny spaces may benefit from a wall fountain or a small ball fountain design. If you do not even have a garden, you could still place one of these on a patio or small area of decking. A large front door step may even be space enough to house one. How wonderful to hear the sound of running water as you return home from work!

If you need any advice about choosing the right water fountains, then please contact us. We are happy to help.

Selling your house? Water Fountains May Attract Buyers.

There is little doubt that landscaping your outdoor space and adding a water garden feature can increase your home’s saleability. Whilst water fountains may not actually add to the market value of your home, they can certainly increase the likelihood of it being sold. New home seekers are often swayed by a feature in a house they are viewing. It might be a particularly good view from a window or an original fire place. Certainly, attractive water fountains in well-kept gardens are very desirable features for those searching for a new home. If your house is likely to appeal to a family or an older couple, then an attractive garden may well become a major selling point for you.

Giving your garden a make-over need not be expensive. The key is to plan ahead and begin work some months before you wish to put your house on the market. If your lawn is full of weeds and dead patches, then it will be worth adding a very good feed and weed product and sprinkling some more grass seeds over the thinning areas of lawn. Planting a few shrubs which will be flowering around the time you wish to sell is also a great idea, as is strategically placing a few tubs with flowering shrubs or bulbs where they can be seen from the house. Water fountains should also be placed where they can be easily spotted, perhaps within a circle of ornamental gravel.

If you simply wish to dress your garden for prospective viewers, there is little point buying one of the larger, more expensive water fountains, but it is always best to choose one made of stone rather than the cheaper resin. The stone variety will quickly mellow and look as though they have been in your garden for many years, whereas resin fountains can look more garish and out of place. Smaller stone fountains are inexpensive and are not particularly difficult to install, unlike the larger varieties with which you are likely to need professional help. Many of the smaller fountains can be fitted into your garden quite easily without costing you a fortune.

Why not explore Geoff’s Garden Ornaments further to find the perfect garden feature that may help you find the perfect buyer for your home?