Have you ever seated yourself in your garden, more especially on a warm summer day, and dreamily listened to the musical tinkle of the water that flowed from the mouth of the garden water fountain, dripping down from the overflowing basin into the pool below? It is then you realize what an attractive ornament an outdoor water fountain is for your garden for it appeals not only to the eye but to the ear. This bit of garden furnishing has been picturesquely described as "leaping and flashing" in the sunlight. While the pergola, the garden seat and the sundial each have their own appropriate use, they serve one purpose only. Not so the backyard fountain, which never fails to convey a delightful impression of coolness, as it gurgles and murmurs, on its way.
STONE WATER FOUNTAIN
STONE WATER FOUNTAIN
Surely there is nothing that gives to the garden a more picturesque charm than a stone water fountain, standing like a spot of color in a vivid setting of bright flowering plants. As the garden water fountain is merely an accessory and the beauty of the constantly dripping water and the rising of the spray are what constitute its real charm, the conventional fountain design can be simple or elaborate but it should follow the landscape scheme.
It depends upon the environment as to whether we make a stone fountain the central feature in the design or a setting in the wall. The introduction of this garden water feature gives a distinctive touch to even the simplest little flower garden therefore its placing is fully as much of importance as the planting with balance being the main object. For a large garden, what is more alluring than a large stone fountain sending forth a high, vapory stream, bursting into a cloud of filmy spray? This is especially true when it is viewed through a vista or at the ending of a vine-shaded pergola. Around it should be planted a carefully selected combination of flowers or shrubs, great care being taken that they blend harmoniously.
The height of the fountain and the breadth of the pool effectively produce alternating sunshine and shade on the surface of the water. The basin is, in a way, of as much importance as the landscape fountains design. It is generally round, although occasionally an oblong design fits better into the landscape plan. The garden water fountain should be from two to three feet deep and so constructed that the sides slope outward, much like an ordinary water bucket. There is a practical reason for this, as it prevents the stone fountain from cracking during the winter months. The cost naturally varies as the size materially affects the price. The landscape background demands more than passing notice. Nearness of trees is a decided drawback, as the falling leaves especially in the autumn, mar the surface of outside fountains and clog the outlets and make it necessary to clean the basins frequently.
Stone Water Fountains
There are many materials from which a garden water fountain can be manufactured. The most expensive of these are marble, terra cotta and manufactured stone, the former leading the list, while the latter is better suited to the moderate purse. Many are under the impression that manufactured stone fountains are always white. As a matter of fact, there are as many as half a dozen neutral tints available. These all incline to a soft, delicate gray, sometimes with a bluish cast. The terra cotta fountain comes next in cost. A detriment to its use is that, particularly when it is shown in deep bronze coloring, it does not lend itself artistically to the landscape plantings, through lack of contrast with its surroundings. The most strongly recommended coloring in stone water fountains is limestone gray, whose soft, delicate finish brings out the tone of the vines, and emphasizes the color of the surrounding flowers.
Garden Fountain Pictures
Garden Fountain Pictures
The water garden fountain is an important landscape design ornament and requires more careful thought than any other part of the garden setting. It makes no difference what its construction is, so long as the garden water fountain fits in with the scheme. Pottery fountains are another option and many are very graceful, being turned and finished by hand. The pottery fountain has a special mission in the garden, its proper placing being in New England where the gray rocks, hedges and evergreen predominate. This material is shown in more colors than almost any other. These include gray, brown, green, blue, and many shades of terra cotta. This variation of color makes the pottery fountain adaptable to almost any garden or landscape plan. One advantage in their use is that, strongly reinforced as they are by galvanized steel wires, pottery fountains tend to be climate-proof and practically indestructible. Nevertheless, concrete fountains are the most practical due to their cost, wearing qualities, and appropriate coloring. Author: Mary Harrod Northend