Different Types of Fountains You Can Choose for Your Garden

Different Types of Fountains You Can Choose for Your Garden

There are many options when it comes to choosing water feature for your garden, but fountains are most important and vastly versatile. They come in many styles and are made from different materials; hence you can match it to any landscape design. It can be tricky to choosing the right type of fountain for your garden to increase its appeal or else it may result in opposite effect. The fountain should be chosen depending on the size of your garden, existing styles and landscape features and the intended purpose.

Fountains can change the entire appearance and feel of your garden. They provide action, sound and movement to your environment, making it lively and engaging. They provide acoustic focus, so you can be distracted from the outside the garden activities, directing your attention to the immediate space. They can be customized according to the space of installation, budget and level of maintenance required. In any case, there are different types of fountains you can choose from and enjoy in your garden.

Spouting Fountain

If you are looking to bring a dramatic change in your garden, a spouting fountain can be perfect for you. It comprises of a pipe that spray water up into the air creating a striking, cloud like effect. It can easily be added to any existing water feature, such as a pool or pond, because its sole requirement is a submersible pump. You can install a spouting fountain with a statue so that the water is sprayed on it or choose a design featuring nozzles spraying the water in a specific pattern, such as bubble or ring. In addition to adding a spouting fountain to an existing water feature, you can also choose a self-contained unit so that you merely have to plug the pump to provide an instant focal point to your garden.

Cascading Fountain

If you prefer a more subtle and delicate fountain for your garden, you can choose a cascading fountain. This type of fountain uses multiple levels so that water overflows from one level to the next. A popular type of cascading fountain is a traditional tiered fountain, but you can also find smaller designs where water flows through a series of pots or other types of containers. They are usually self-contained; hence the necessary plumbing is located inside the unit. For that reason, cascading fountains are easy to add, without any hassle of hiring a plumber or fountain specialist.

Pondless Fountain

A pondless fountain is an interesting twist on the traditional water features. Unlike a spouting or cascading fountain that draws water from visible water reservoirs such as basin or pond, the water reservoir in pondless fountains are hidden. It does not require much maintenance and can be installed in restricted areas. The fountain base is located on a bed of river rocks or gravels so that water is drained to the underlying reservoir. It has a subtle, modern appearance and can be installed in front or back yard.

Wall Fountain

If you have a small backyard, a wall fountain can be good choice. As opposed to spouting or cascading fountain, wall fountains do not require a lot of space. You can choose a freestanding style with a flat back and attached basin that you can install against a fence or wall or you can opt for a wall-mounted style that can be hanged directly on the wall and is self-contained. If you are adding a fountain to an existing wall, you will need a fountain mask added to the wall and a basin underneath to gather the water. Plumbing and masonry work is involved, so you will need to hire a professional.

Within each of these types of fountain types, there are very simple as well as very decorative designs. But, ensure that the fountain you choose complements the garden style or the effect can be very unsettling. In case you are doubtful about the right choice, go with a simple design as it is the safest architecturally.

How to Choose the Right Water Feature for Your Garden

How to Choose the Right Water Feature for Your Garden

If you are looking to improve the appeal and environment of your garden, you should consider adding in one or more water features. You may already have planted flowering plants, ornamental plants and other types of plants, but you can give your garden a focal point and a dramatic touch to your garden by adding water features. There is a large variety of water features you can consider for your garden – fountains, ponds, pools, waterfalls, streams and cascades. They come in different sizes and designs and you need to choose one according to your existing garden.

There are considerations for choosing a water feature that suits your garden and your preference.

Available Space

Determining the availability of space is the first thing you need to do when choosing a water feature. Different water features comes in various sizes and you need a water feature that is neither too big nor too small for your garden. A large fountain cannot be fitted in a restricted space. You don’t need your water feature to take up most of the space and appear out of proportion. Ensure that you have enough space to move around the garden once the water feature is installed or your garden does not looked congested.

Ground Condition

You need to choose a water feature that can be supported by the soil of the garden. Some gardens have hilly ground while others are flat. Your soil can be soft or hard rock. In any case, you should choose a type of water feature that is workable for your ground condition. Water features for hilly areas can be different from flat surface. For instance, you can create a waterfall on a hilly area and install a typical fountain on a flat one. In case your garden is hilly and you have your heart set on a water feature suitable for flat area, you can always flatten and level your ground.

Adding Plants & Fishes

Not every water feature can be mixed and matched with plants, so if you want to add plants to your water feature, you should choose accordingly. You need to have a water feature with still water to have plants in them. Moreover, the location of the water feature should be such that sunlight can reach the plants. Similarly, if you love fishes and want to add them to your water feature, you need to choose a water feature that can support an aquatic life. Fishes can be placed in flowing water so that they get more oxygen. Also, you need to decide what types of fishes you want so you can choose a water feature accordingly.

Know the Purpose

Different people add water features for different reasons. You may be adding it to increase the beauty of your home. Or you want to extend the collection of your plants and fishes. Hence, you need to choose a water feature that can satisfy your purpose successfully.

Preference of Water Feature Type

There are a wide variety of water features that you can choose from and you might have a preference for water feature type. There are small ones and really huge ones, free standing water feature or a moving one. You should take into account what type of water feature you want for your garden. You can also choose if you want it to be formal, rocky, zen or tropical.

Have a Budget

Installing a water feature requires an investment, but the amount of investment depends mainly on the type and style of the water feature. Hence, you need to create a budget or you might end up spending more than intended. Setting a budget can narrow your choices to ones you can afford. The expenses you should consider are materials, labors and overheads.

Once you have considered these factors, you can shortlist the water features suitable for you and then choose. A water feature can create a sense of serenity and peace in your garden as well as increase its aesthetic appeal.

Landscape Water Features for The Garden

Water Feature for Your Garden

Water features can be a great addition for any garden style and size. It creates a relaxing, natural and serene environment. It also brings many health benefits. The soothing sounds of flowing water is well known to be a good stress reliever and mood elevator. It helps take you away from your troubles to a different relaxed place. Water features also drowns out traffic noise which is beneficial to residents living in Vancouver, BC. It also purifies the air and adds humidity. Outdoor water features also attract small wildlife such as birds and frogs creating a natural environment. From a financial point of view, water features can increase the value of your property. If you are considering adding a water feature to your landscape, it is recommended to benefit from the following tips and guidelines.

Water Feature Sizes

Water features can add a lot of style and natural beauty to your environment when sized to fit your garden or space. If you are unsure whether or not to add one we recommend starting with something smaller such as a tabletop fountain with plants or a medium sized pond. Opting to construct a larger and bolder water feature might require too much maintenance. However, keep in mind that a larger pond can actually have less maintenance requirements than a smaller one. This is due to the forming of a natural ecosystem around the pond. You can always start small and then expand from there for a more natural and gradual transformation from year to year. Of course if you’ve done something like this before it is easiest to start with the largest size. Smaller  water features such as floor standing waterfalls can be perfect for a balcony, small decks and confined sitting areas.

Design A One-of-A Kind Water Feature: landscape water features waterfalls

Unusually and uniquely designed water feature can be integrated effortlessly into a landscape, as long as it complements the texture, design and style of the garden. You can combine elements – basin, pedestal, spout, etc. – to create your own style. Focus on creating something you won’t find in your neighbors’ or friends’ backyard. You can explore materials and combine design ideas to create a purely unique water feature.

Using Water Features As A Focal Point

Landscape water features, especially ones with moving water, should be placed so as to serve as the focal point of your garden or any space. However, stationary water features such as pools can serve as focal point as well in any style of garden, structure formal garden, deck space, cottage garden, and all sorts of garden incarnations and plants. When you use a water feature as a focal point, the eye is drawn to it and the surrounding is relative to the water feature.

Natural Looking Water Features and water fountains

When you are deciding on a water feature, keep it simple yet natural and consider its appeal in all seasons. The material, placement and size of a water feature should be able to withstand the elements of weather, and appear natural, as if it belongs. Natural water features can help add beauty and structure to an outdoor space. Even if the water is drained in the winter, it can serve as a sculptural element.

There are many kinds of water features. ponds, fountains, and waterfalls, that you can choose for your landscape. You can construct it yourself or get professional help. These are just some of the points to consider.

Rock Waterfall Ideas For Backyard Renovation Projects

Lately I’ve been fascinated with the website Houzz.com. If you aren’t familiar with this website, it is one of the most popular sites along with Pinterest where homeowners, and contractors go to gather ideas, connect with others in the industry, and share their work.

Here are several rock solid ideas that may help you decide on what type of waterfall water feature you personally prefer.

This is a popular photo that many people have expressed interest in. It has been built to compliment and blend the surrounding landscape to create a natural effect. I really admire projects where the landscaper took the effort to make things as natural as possible.
While some people prefer the insane overhangs that can be achieved using faux or fake rocks, this method is very cool and I think it would look even nicer with the addition of custom lighting colors. Overall an impressive job with great attention paid to detail and no stone out of place.
Rustic Landscape by Portland Landscape Contractors Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
This is a great shot with a beautiful natural stone waterfall. The two larger boulders alongside the spillway combined with a well designed lip makes for an impressive sight. I can only imagine how nice this particular waterfall sounds. This double tiered feature would definitely create a very relaxing sound. I would highly recommend this design to someone looking to add a waterfall to their koi pond or for a new pond construction.
The oxygenation and circulation that these kinds of water features adds to the pond also helps to slow the growth of algae which many pond owners can tell you has saved them many dollars in maintenance.
Contemporary Landscape by Woodinville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Classic Nursery & Landscape Co. / Alan Burke, asla
There are many people (myself included) that are blown away by larger man-made waterfalls. However, smaller water features that were created by landscapers with extra attention to detail can be just as stunning. The addition of this small waterfall feature changes up what would have been just an ordinary space into something special. Imagine sitting out on your patio just enjoying the sounds of a soothing fountain in your garden…
Pondless waterfalls are picking up in popularity and for good reason. Many homeowners are embracing the DIY (do-it-yourself) movement, perhaps inspired by their favourite gardening shows on TV, and tackling some of their own projects. I’m sure you that are reading this hate the idea of having to pull rocks out of the pond, cleaning the pond out, then putting the rocks back in and so forth. If you are a landscaper being paid to maintain it I feel your pain.
As an aside, should you decide to create your first waterfall using natural stone I highly recommend studying The Pond Digger on YouTube. He has shared many tutorials online to help home owners and contractors alike what to expect and some tips to get the most of a pond project.
Tropical Pool by Florence Pools & Spas Shehan Pools
The guys over at Shehan are amazing and have taught us a lot about what it takes to make clients dreams become a reality. From using shotcrete to other faux rock materials, they are masters at creating custom waterfalls which also compliment their specialization in pools. Check out their website to view some of their award winning projects and brainstorm more ideas.
Have a great weekend and happy landscaping

Water Features For The Garden

Do you feel the need to spend more time outdoors? In just a month or two from now, the weather should be hitting high 30’s. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a water feature in your backyard that you can enjoy in the early mornings or evenings when you are back from work? After scouring the web in search of the perfect water features for the garden, our customers came across WaterfallNow. They now love to invite friends over for barbeques, drinks, and sitting out in the evenings by their beautiful water features.

Many people are starting to look for the best ways to decorate their gardens for the summer of 2014, which is ‘likely’ to be the hottest on record – at least in the UK. But let’s just pretend it will also be the same case in BC, Canada just so that I don’t have to figure out the El Nino patterns and other weather related information. If you feel the need to educate me please do.

Here are some ideas of water features for the garden ideas that you can implement this summer. 

1. Drop by the nearest pond and water garden nursery in your area. Once at the store you can browse determine the types of flowers, plants, and designs that you like best. If you are unsure of what plants to buy, ask the staff if they can assist you. Certain plants thrive better in the shade or in damp areas. These are the types of plants that you would want to incorporate into your water garden. Man-made water features look great when combined with the right plants. The plants add greenery and help to provide a more realistic looking water feature as you would find in nature.

2. Do you want a pond? Ponds are undoubtedly beautiful but only if maintained. They can require a lot of manual labour from taking the rocks out, cleaning the basin, putting the rocks back in, so on so forth. Without this maintenance the pond will eventually turn into green pea soup which I’ve seen a lot of. How deep do you want the pond to go? Before you dig, call http://www.bconecall.bc.ca/. It is free to call. Don’t do any digging without calling to avoid causing damage to any pipelines, telecommunication cables, sewage lines, and electrical wires.

Back in our landscaping days we used to get calls to do maintenance on ponds – something that we often didn’t look forward to. You may be familiar with a TV show called dirty jobs. That’s what cleaning these ponds resembled. It was a dirty, disease ridden mess. Eventually some of them called us in after they’d had enough maintaining the ponds and asked us to fill the pond with dirt and lay fresh turf over top. Problem solved. The racoons on the other hand weren’t as happy because there was no longer any fish to eat.

Some people don’t realize that having a pond requires continual maintenance. (Slap my head). It DOES. But, some people actually enjoy working on their ponds on a daily basis. If not, then a pond might not be your best choice.

All ponds require some level of maintenance. When you are looking to care for koi fish you must keep the water clean otherwise the fish will develop diseases and die. Using a variety of water plants such as water lilies or water cress can help to naturally clean the water. There are different schools of thought on whether or not you should have a gravel or dirt bed. I prefer to go without the gravel basin. If you are going to make a pond, don’t make a small pond because the fish will grow. It is also an addicting hobby and you may wish you had a bigger pond.

If you already have a pond then you probably have a grasp by now of how they need constant cleaning. We prefer the pondless or invisible waterfall water feature designs to minimize maintenance and maximize the time spent enjoying the project. Ponds are undoubtedly an excellent addition but unkempt ponds harbour diseases, mosquitoes, and are unattractive. Make sure you know what you are getting into.

20 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Build a Koi Pond – Watch this very informative video

3. Decide on how much space you have to allocate to a water feature for your garden. For smaller gardens, focus on height to maximize horizontal space. WaterfallNow is fairly good at doing this as our lightweight artificial rock panels can be stacked to any height. Natural rocks typically require more horizontal space to achieve the desired cascading effects of mini waterfalls.

4. Pondless features are gaining in popularity. WaterfallNow’s pondless water feature system means that you can run these rock fountains in all 4 seasons with no maintenance. Just add water and let it run. To clean our rocks simply spray them with a pressure washer. You can even change the colour of the rocks from one year to the next using a special paint. They can be set to run on a timer or set up to a remote control switch. This would allows you to switch on the rock waterfall sitting in your backyard at night from inside your home.

These look spectacular at night when the floodlights are shining on them. The occasional sweeping of leaves and other debris that might otherwise clog the water pump and ensuring that the water level does not get too low is the majority of the maintenance requirements. Should you decide to not run the waterfall in the winter we advise to drain the water basin, disconnect the water pump, give it a rinse, and store it indoors to prevent cracking or damage to the internal parts from freeze-thaw. They can be set up again simply by connecting the water pump back to the hose, adding water to the mini pond and turning the water feature back on.

The majority of WaterfallNow’s rock fountains are pondless meaning the size of the pond is built to hold just enough water for the water feature to operate.

Add a faux rock water feature to your backyard for stunning results

Water Features For The Garden

5. Determine the type of sound that you want to achieve. Taller water features often produce more of the crashing sounds of water. The amount of water pressure or the size of the pump used plays a significant role in the sounds. There are low-sound water pumps that can reduce sound coming directly from the pumps motor. If you prefer a smaller trickling sound consider a cascading waterfall feature. The horizontal movement of water followed by small overhangs produces very relaxing sounds. WaterfallNow can adjust all of these sounds by adjusting the angle and speed of water flow.

6. Do you want something permanent or moveable? This is one of the decisions that one must make when working with concrete which is permanent. WaterfallNow used to use concrete until we realized how little our customers could use their water features. The damage from weathering over the years meant multiple leaks and cracks which can cost a lot of money to constantly repair. But that was back in the day. GFRC concrete employed today is much more durable. WaterfallNow no longer employs concrete but uses fibreglass instead. It can be as strong as steel while remaining flexible enough to avoid cracking. Should something crack we can easily repair it. Sometimes our customers will call us a year later to come and add another section to their rock waterfall. Other times our customers will sell their home and call us to help them move the rock fountain to their new home. It is all about your personal preference. WaterfallNow caters to a wide-variety of requests.

7. What kind of lighting do you want to use? Many of our customers enjoy the backyard paradises that we’ve created for them. Some of the pool waterfalls which we don’t have any pictures of look amazing at night. The white floodlights shine on the waterfall spillway while purple, blue, and green lights all create a unique ambiance. We are very proud of some of the projects that we’ve created because of how happy our customers are. It is only a matter of time until more people can experience the joy of enjoying their own backyard paradise with a water feature built the way they had in mind.

Rock waterfalls not your thing? Then check out articles from popular sites for other ideas:

Visit Houzz to brainstorm some visual ideas of water features for the garden. It won’t be long until you find yourself sitting outside in the summer with a cold drink glad about the choices that you made.

HGTV – 15 unique garden water features: outdoors home & garden television

Pinterest – This is currently the most popular and fastest growing social media website to view photos and get ideas for  garden water features.

For updates and free stuff head on over to our Facebook page and let us know what you like best about garden water features.

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