Adding an outdoor fountain can greatly enhance your landscape or garden. With so many sizes, styles, and options to consider, choosing the right outdoor fountain may seem daunting. By assessing your space and needs, you can narrow down choices to find the ideal fountains that not only fits your yard beautifully but also matches your lifestyle.
Consider the Setting
The location in your yard impacts several aspects of which fountain is optimal.
Select a fountain that complements your existing garden style – formal, cottage, contemporary, etc. Match materials and accents for cohesion. For example, a stone angel fountain suits a cottage garden while a sleek pedestal design fits modern aesthetics.
Sunlight and Shade
Fountains look best in spaces with indirect sunlight that won’t cause excessive algae growth. Note sun patterns to choose a location that maximizes water sparkle.
Consider visual and aural impacts on relaxation spaces or play areas. A large cascading fountain provides pleasant background noise while a more secluded placement prevents disturbance.
Avoid high traffic zones where people may accidently get wet. Ensure adequate space around the fountain so people can appreciate without obstructing paths or seating areas.
Scale is key. A fountain should fit and get noticed in its surroundings without overwhelming.
Use the dimensions of your available area to determine size options. Allow for ample surrounding space.
Avoid dwarfing or engulfing garden elements. Low bowl fountains suit smaller plots while multi-tiered designs make bold statements in expansive yards.
Large fountains come with big moisture, electrical, and drainage requirements that may overtax resources.
Match Style to Taste
Myriad designs means you can find a fountain to suit your personal preference.
Form and Shape
Select from geometrical, abstract, nature-inspired, animal-shaped, figurative statuary, Asian minimalist, and more based on what you find visually appealing.
Consider durable materials like metal, stone, ceramic, or concrete paired with water features of glass, slate, shells, etc.
Look for lighting, waterfalls, splash pads, color-changing LEDs, or technology like fog or music integration based on desired complexity.
Mix and Match
Combine multiple smaller fountains for a custom look. For example, flank a statue fountain with pot fountains.
Factor in Functionality
Beyond aesthetics, ensure your fountain functions optimally.
Choose pump-driven or solar-powered fountains based on electrical constraints. Some tap into preexisting pond systems.
Larger basins need less frequent refilling while smaller, more portable fountains offer flexibility.
Select UV-resistant materials. In colder climates, choose fountains designed to withstand freezing or opt for removal/storage in winter.
Larger and more complex fountains require more maintenance. Ensure you can easily access and clean all areas.
For homes with kids, avoid loose rocks, steep drops, or easily accessed electrical components.
Test Different Scenarios
Visualizing placement options helps make the best choice.
Visit Display Gardens
See a range of fountain styles and sizes in action before purchasing.
Digitally add fountains to photos of your yard to preview options.
Draw rough plans showing different fountain types and locations.
Talk to Experts
Don’t go it alone! Consult with:
- Landscape architects: Overall aesthetic design guidance
- Pond contractors: Technical installation and maintenance advice
- Product vendors: Details on materials, size options, needed accessories
The right fountain can become a beloved, expressive centerpiece for your landscape. With careful selection suited to your space and lifestyle, your new water features will provide joy for years to come.