Whatever the dimensions of your outside space, and however small a courtyard or front garden is, if you take a little time to plan carefully you can turn your small space into a haven of peace, a place to escape the noise and bustle of city traffic.
Many people would love to have a water feature in their gardens but worry that they do not have the space. However, there are stone fountains in all sizes and you can find a wide range of water fountains which are suited to the smaller garden.
For a small space, a free-standing water garden feature is often the most suitable if you do not have enough room for a pond. Free-standing fountains can be fitted very easily and are supplied with pumps, ten metres of cable, hoses and fitting instructions. The pump is sited in the centre of the fountain, hidden within its central stem. Water is pumped up through the fountain before cascading down to the lower bowl, where it gathers before being pumped back up again. Running costs are low as a result because these water fountains actually use very little water — they constantly recirculate the little they do use. You can easily have a solar-powered pump fitted too if you would prefer, thus saving on electricity costs.
You can find water fountains in a variety of styles, from the ornate to the more traditional and also modern contemporary designs. It’s a good idea to choose stone fountains rather than those made with cheaper resin as these deteriorate rapidly. The best water fountains are made from quality stone, such as Portland, limestone and sandstone.
When space is at a premium another option that you might like to consider is a wall fountain which nestles up against the wall of your house on a patio, terrace or decking area.
Whatever style you choose, you can be sure that adding a water feature to your city garden will add bring the soothing sounds of running water, which is something you will wonder how you ever did without before.
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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.
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Are you looking for a stunning garden feature which will pull your garden together? Have you considered installing a large fountain made of limestone? If you have a large expanse of grass that you worry looks a little boring and dull, then it could be that a fountain is exactly what you are looking for to add interest, movement, light and life.
Many people admire garden water fountains but do not realise that they are very easy to install. If you do your research thoroughly you will find that there are three basic types available.
Free-Standing Self-Contained Garden Water Fountains
These free-standing fountains are easy to assemble and do not require a pool to stand in. They are usually supplied with pumps, hoses and cable. The pump generally sits within the stem of the fountain and pumps water up to the top of the fountain. The water then cascades down to the bowl at the fountain’s base. These are ideal if you have a small garden without space for a pool or if you want to provide interest in a quiet and often over-looked corner of your garden.
Free-Standing Fountains with Pools
These lovely fountains are more ornate than the self-contained variety but they are often just as easy to assemble yourself, with no need for special tools or skills. They sit within a pool on top of your lawn or patio. The smaller ones do not need foundations. The pools are generally made from stone and are ideal if you want a striking garden water feature which will draw the eye and attract attention. With many of them you can even sit on the low walls of the pond if you wish to watch the water as it falls over your fountain.
In-Ground Pool Fountains
With these garden water fountains the pool is sunk into your lawn. Assembly is often quite straight forward but will involve digging a hole large enough for the pool you have chosen. These are ideal if you want a fountain that is a little more understated because the pool will be flush with your lawn.
If you wish to design the shape of the pond for your fountain then this is possible too. That way you can make sure your fountain is the perfect shape for your garden.
Many of you may think that a garden fountain is a seasonal feature that loses it’s appeal during the winter time. The days of the summer garden parties with the elegant feature trickling away peacefully in the background are long gone. As we tend to spend less time in our gardens, as the weather takes a wintry turn, you may think the less need there is to have a large garden fountain trickling away all winter. Well, here at Geoff’s Garden Ornaments we want to change your minds! We think that winter is just another opportunity to derive months of pleasure out of your beautiful garden fountains.
If you have children, you can encourage the benefits of this beautiful season through your very own garden fountains. For instance, think of the wonderful wildlife that winter attracts. Invite them along to your water fountains with bird feed and nuts and admire daily visits from winter birds and squirrels all winter. You can encourage your little ones to take an active interest in wildlife and let them place the food out and take pictures of the the birds . Winter sees the appearance of the nation’s favourite bird; the Robin, which is a very friendly bird that will often happily take bird feed from your child’s hands.
Why not get the kids to decorate the fountain this christmas? They could wrap it lovingly in waterproof outdoor Christmas lights to illuminate the whole garden. By adding water proof christmas lights, your stone fountains can be kept decorative and admirable all winter long. This beautiful feature will no longer be forgotten about during the winter months. Instead, it will be lit up and will stand out all winter long as the centerpiece of your outdoor space. You could get your little ones to join in with the festive fun and add some of their own little decorations around the stone fountains. How about help them paint decorative stones with colourful father Christmas faces or snowmen faces and place them on the stone fountains surroundings for a festive look.
You could carry on the festive magic all through December with your fountain. You could even put a star on the top of the fountain and tell the children that it’s so father Christmas can find the house on Christmas eve. Encourage their excitement and let them leave mince pies and carrots for father christmas and his reindeers on the magical fountain.
We are rapidly approaching the shortest day of the year, when there is very little in the way of sunlight to enjoy in the garden. It is cold, often wet and all that luxuriant growth of the summer months has died back to reveal bare flower beds and stark leafless trees.
Stone fountains are fabulous in the summer, but it is in the winter when they really come into their own, providing movement and sound and attracting wild life in what would otherwise be a dull environment. For birds, garden water fountains can be a life saver, providing water when there may be little around. What’s more, you will enjoy the gentle sound the running water makes and enjoy taking the time to watch it cascade over your fountain during any quiet moments you may have during the day.
With only a little online research you will find that there is a very wide range of stone fountains available. If you have are lucky enough to have a large garden, you may like to consider one of the many feature garden water fountains with large pool surrounds. These stunning pieces will be the crowning glory in a winter garden. The pool will attract all kinds of wild life, and if you keep it ice-free during the winter it will provide a valuable life line for song birds. Add a few bird feeders to the area near your garden feature and you can be sure of always having plenty to watch throughout the winter season as well as during the summer.
If you would love a water feature but do not have the space for one of the impressively ornate larger designs, there are many smaller water fountains available which will bring life and movement to even the smallest of gardens. These free-standing and self-contained stone fountains are easily assembled and will come with full installation instructions. Some even have solar-powered pumps, which will save you money and help the environment.
If you are considering adding a fountain to your garden, you have come to the right place. You will find all you need to know on our website about the different types of stone fountains we stock, how they are fitted, the different finishes in which they are available and how much they cost.