Looking to spruce up your yard in 2017? When planning your landscape ideas and options, consider a new water feature! Fountains and container water gardens are the perfect way to add a splash of water to your landscape. Affordable and easy to install, you’ll find a variety of water features to give your outdoor living space a unique look.
Miniature water gardens, also known as Patio Ponds, are becoming increasingly popular on patios and decks. These small-scaled ponds provide the opportunity to enjoy beautiful waterlilies in a variety of colors. You can even add small goldfish.
Refreshing fountains are popping up in yards all over the country as more homeowners look for unique ways to improve the curb appeal of their house. An underground reservoir holds the pump and water that recirculates through the fountain. You'll find a variety of fountain styles to suit your taste and budget.
The Stacked Slate Urn fountain does double-duty. Not only does it provide visual appeal during the day, but night lighting gives it a magical mysterious look.
A trio of stone fountains amidst the desert-friendly landscape welcomes visitors to this suburban home, adding to the home's value with increased curb appeal.
Birds and butterflies visit outdoor fountains to enjoy a refreshing splash or nourishing drink.
Fountains make a great accent piece for any area of your garden. This grouping of spillway bowls is part of a living fountain system. Who wouldn't enjoy coming home to this beautiful scene?
You can turn any garden container into a fountain. You only need to add the plumbing, reservoir, and pump. Your fountain becomes the crowning touch to any corner of your landscape.
One of the fastest-growing trends in outdoor living features is the combination of fire and water. The Fire Fountain creates a soft, pleasing sound of water as it flows over and around the pebbles. Fire adds a surprising element that looks great at night, too.
Whatever you choose, you're sure to enjoy the beauty and refreshment that a small water feature adds to your outdoor living spaces!
fountains make great landscape ideas!
There are no limits to the landscape ideas for which fountains can be used. For this blog post, we'll focus on living fountains -- many people don't realize that this is even possible! A fountain does not have to be a dead-water feature to be low maintenance.
living fountain design
Landscape ideas that begin with the goal of having a living fountain should follow through with an appropriate design. This means that the plumbing and pump choices need to be made with that in mind. You'll need plumbing that is big enough that it doesn't clog easily, a pump that will pass some degree of heavy solids (just like a water garden), and an autofill device so that you don't have to fill it manually all the time. Remember that form follows function, and you want it to be as low maintenance as possible. A little bit more time spent in the planning phase will be greatly rewarded with long-term enjoyment!
adding a fountain to an existing pond or stream
Yes, you can! If your yard and water feature is ready for a little face lift, adding a fountain to it is a great landscape idea that's a lot of bang for the buck. You can add a spillway bowl to the side of a pond, or add a stacked slate urn or fun spitter to your wetland area. The landscape options are limitless!
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