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Tuscany Inspired Garden Ideas

Located in the breathtaking Italian countryside, the rolling hills of Tuscany are truly a sight to behold. Remarkable, antiquated architecture perfectly contrasts with luscious natural elements to impart this corner of the world with its magical reputation. Even more than a place, Tuscany is a state of mind. The word itself conjures up images of long, luxurious lunches, decadent drinks, and an unmatched sense of romanticism.

If you want to visit the Italian countryside without ever leaving home, creating a curated Tuscan garden in your own backyard is an excellent idea. This allows you sip espresso under the sun without even having to find your passport. Here are some exceptional elements that combine to create a garden inspired by the incredible sights, smells, and experiences of Tuscany.

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 Picturesque Plants

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When it comes to creating your Mediterranean escape, be sure to choose your plant life thoughtfully. Choosing flora or vegetation that feature colors and textures authentic to the Italian countryside is imperative to executing this theme correctly. While it may be tempting to randomly choose flowers or plants you have had success with in the past, veering too far from traditional elements can make your garden look ordinary rather than the extraordinary Italian experience you have been dreaming of.

To create an inspired Italian garden, certain plants are a must. Rows of hedges accented by tall Italian Cyprus trees instantly impart a romantic and European flair. To add in additional shapes and textures, Mediterranean Fan Palm and Pearl Bluebush have a unique and elegant look that will make your garden look simply exquisite. To add in a bit of color to your greenery, Jerusalem Sage and Bee's Bliss Sage contain subtle flowers that add another dimension to the foundation of your garden. Planting greenery in raised beds also imparts an authentic Italian look.

One exceptional feature of authentic Tuscan gardens is their emphasis on edible plants. Historically, people in Italy relied on gardens to provide them with spices and other ingredients to create the region’s decadent delicacies. Plants like Bay Laurel, Rosemary, and Thyme are beautiful, native to the Mediterranean, and provide you with fresh, aromatic ingredients you can use in your own kitchen.

If the weather in your part of the world allows, there are many other beautiful Tuscan plants that produce delicious results. Olive trees or topiaries are an excellent addition to your garden even if you are not ambitious enough to create your own olive oil. Additionally, Mediterranean fig trees, lemon trees, and grapevines provide you with exceptional colors, textures, and an easy way to fetch fresh ingredients from your garden.

Of course, no garden is complete without flowers. While there is no rule when it comes to choosing which flowers to grow, choosing warm, vibrant colors will give your space an authentic Tuscan look. Fragrant and beautiful, Lavender is a staple in Italian gardens. Combine these pretty purple flowers with Spanish Broom, Rock Roses, and Bougainvillea for a sensory experience that will instantly transport you to Tuscany.

 

Fabulous Furniture


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One you have decided on the type and layout of plants in your Tuscan garden, adding furniture is a natural next step. The Italian lifestyle is all about relaxing, enjoying, and generally taking life at a slower pace. Giving yourself and your guests several cozy seating areas ensures that anyone who visits your garden will be hesitant to leave.

Placing benches along paved pathways is a surprisingly practical way to add charm and visual appeal to your garden. Wooden benches with wrought iron accents are an excellent way to achieve a vintage, European look. Similarly, thoughtfully placed iron bistro tables can provide a secluded and romantic place to enjoy a glass of wine on balmy summer evenings.

If you plan on incorporating a main seating area in your backyard for guests to enjoy, ensure that it matches the look and feel of the Mediterranean. Once again, iron, slate, or stone elements give your seating area a more authentic look. Be sure the upholstery of the cushions also matches the rich, earth tones frequently found in Tuscany. A palette of burnt orange, burgundy, sage, and gold is a good guide when choosing fabrics or accent pieces for your garden’s lounge area.

For items with an even more exceptional touch, reach out to local craftsmen in your area and consider having furniture custom made. In the Italian countryside, handmade goods are still the norm. Purchasing handcrafted items not only supports your community, it also gives your garden the same rustic charm found throughout the region of Tuscany.

 

Exceptional Accent Pieces

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To add extra impact to your beautiful garden, statement-making accent pieces provide the perfect finishing touch. While it is easy to skip over these elements, these exceptional additions are what will truly give your Tuscan garden the wow-factor it needs to make you feel like you have truly been transported to another world.

A beautiful trellis (or two) is a staple of Italian gardens. These lovely structures add height, create shadows, and give your backyard a look that is nothing short of magical. Allowing vines or other climbing plants to cover these fixtures adds charm and decadence to your garden’s atmosphere. Just like trellises add dimension, so too do pergolas. Pergolas have long been providing Italians with shady areas to sip vino and enjoy a much needed respite from the Tuscan sun. Adding an impressive pergola to your seating areas makes them even more welcoming and relaxing.

One way to turn your garden’s seating area into an outdoor living space by adding a beautiful stone or terracotta fireplace. This captivating feature will not only thoroughly impress your guests, it also gives you an easy way to add warmth to your lounge space on cool evenings. If you are planning to build your outdoor fireplace, take this idea to the next level by including a woodfire oven in your blueprints. An oven acts as an awe-inspiring focal point, and nothing says “Tuscany” quite like making your own authentic woodfire pizza.

Finally, no Tuscan garden is truly complete without a fantastic fountain. The presence of flowing water is exceptionally calming and takes your sensory experience to a whole new level. While a traditional tiered fountain works, a wall fountain is authentically Italian in nature. Look for one that features weathered, vintage-inspired design elements to make your garden even more transformative than it already is. 

 

Decadent Design Elements
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 As with all things, the beauty of a garden truly lies in the details. Italian gardens rely on warm, earthy tones to create their signature look. Using a warm and thoughtful color palette when it comes to your garden’s design elements will impart the dreamy atmosphere you are searching for. Certain design elements are instantly reminiscent of Tuscany, and they promise to provide the perfect finishing touch for your garden’s overall look.

Terracotta is a signature element that is present throughout Italy. With a rich, burnt orange color, it will contrast beautifully with the lush greenery of the surrounding plant life. Paving your walkways with terracotta stones is an exceptional way to introduce this element into your garden – so too are traditional terracotta planters, which look stunning when placed all in a row.

Because the region is traditionally dry, grass is not often used in Mediterranean gardens. Instead, gravel or loose stones are typically placed on walkways or in between potted plants. This low maintenance material is a great addition to your garden, especially if you aren’t keen on the unforgiving upkeep of grass. Utilizing gravel or flagstone throughout your garden minimizes water usage and also adds an air of authenticity.

Italy is also known for its beautiful and artistic mosaics. In this design element, pieces of colored glass or pretty pebbles are arranged in a pleasing and intricate patterns or designs. Mosaic stepping stones or pathways embrace this signature style. While it is easy to find prefabricated elements to decorate your garden, making your own mosaics is a fun way to add your own personality to your lovely landscape. 

Italian tiles are another easy way to add colors and patterns into your Tuscan garden. These vibrant square tiles often feature exquisite floral patterns or designs. Whether used to pave your walkways, add color to your fixtures, or cover a tabletop, this design element easily adds elegance, sophistication, and uniformity. Like any accent, Italian tiles should be used sparingly and with intention. They are meant to highlight the beauty of your plants and should never become the main focus.

 

Conclusion

Travelling to Tuscany is a dream many people have but few get to fulfill. Creating a Tuscan garden in your backyard, however, allows the Italian country side to come to you. By adding these beautiful plants and design elements, you can easily create your very own Mediterranean getaway and experience la dolce vita whenever your heart desires.  

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Top 25 Must-See European Water Fountains

From modern to classic, installing a water fountain inside (or outside) of your home can jazz up any area and increase the value of your home if you decide to leave it there for future renters or buyers. So, what’s trending now and how will you decide the best one that will suit your style? That’s where European and other worldly fountains come in- they are timeless, exotic, and truly make a statement. They have had a place in our world for centuries and continue to have a place in modern-day gardens and patios. From goddesses to royal lions and classic old world gardens, you are bound to find your perfect personal style that will make the neighbors jealous. Keep reading to learn about these designer fountains and the top 25 most popular European and other unique worldly water fountains.

1. A Trip to Ancient Rome

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    If you ever travel to Rome, you will see pillars with cascading and intricate designs, statues spitting water, stone and bronze and gladiators galore. So when I say an ancient Rome style fountain- it can be literally any of the following and beyond. So, let’s say you wanted to go simple and get a pillar style concrete pond fountain with water spouts that trickle down. If your style is less extravagant, this is definitely your go-to and totally what you’d see in a Roman garden. Now, think of something a little more unique, like a statue water fountain of the Roman Goddess Venus (the Greek equivalent of Aphrodite) with a pond at the bottom that delicately drips water from the top. Now that is something eye-catching, and who wouldn’t want the goddess of love in their garden or front yard? This picture features a technique that makes the stone look aged for an extra boost of antique.

  • 2. Gods & Goddesses

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    Piggybacking on our last topic, ancient gods and goddesses will always be a trend for fountains. Elegant statues of Greek gods in the form of fountains were popular 3000 years ago and they are still being created and sold to this day. So, what gives? First off, many people believe that these are ‘charms’ and will bring good luck or senses of mystique and tranquility to a garden or wherever they decide to put it. Others like them because it looks expensive and ritzy without really even having to spend a lot of money. Regardless of why you want it, you should want it. Greek and Roman gods and goddesses are very similar but don’t forget about other ancients like Egyptian, Chinese, and Mayan. Really, there is no right or wrong and definitely no limit when it comes to statue fountains. The picture shown above is a simple fountain sculpted of Hebe- the goddess of youth. Her statue stands next to a water basin as she pours from a small vase making for a truly magical garden feature.

    3. Vintage French Style Fountain

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    Vintage French is a mix of rustic and classy. The fountain pictured above is a common sight in France no matter which part you visit and was used in the early 18th and 19th centuries as an obvious way to transport water. However, it now makes for the perfect ornament anywhere around your home or garden. Traditional French fountains can range in nearly every size, from tiny to large, and they are almost always made of limestone and have at least one wrought iron spout that pours into the basin. A fountain like the one pictured above will not be a heavy flowing loud fountain like many others we will mention, but sometimes the quiet trickle adds to the ambiance of your surroundings and adds a relaxing feel to any area- especially if you live in a place that never rains.

  • 4. Old World Drinking Fountain

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    This is another common design you would see all over villages and big cities in the old world. When you think of old-world Europe, what comes to mind? If you think of quaint and quiet areas with pretty stonework that has still been kept intact after hundreds of years, you are thinking correctly. Every village had them for decorations or water transportation. Some old world designs were loud and sculpted eloquently, while others like the fountain pictured above were simple and practical in functionality and used for a public refreshment similar to the small fountains we have inside of grocery stores these days. The only difference? Old world style drinking fountains were much more attractive and last so much longer. Many of these fountains stand only 4-5 feet tall and fit perfectly inside large houses and outside in gardens or patios.

  • 5. Cast Stone Tiered Fountain

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    Cast stone is a mixture of stone that makes freshly-made fountains look like something that came out of a ten-acre palace garden during the Victorian era. In fact, these actually were and still are in gardens all over Europe, whether they have been there for 350 years or were recently installed. The cast stone makes it look more vintage rather than a marble design that would look more modern. The spouts can be as intricate as lions spitting (as seen above) or plain tiny hidden pipes and will be the center of attention in a garden made for tea time. This type of fountain style was made to be large or extra large, as a small size tiered fountain would look more like a bird bath.

  • 6. Japanese Tsukubai Garden Fountain

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    It may not look like much, but it’s actually quite new and modern in gardens and is also a trend that is becoming widely spread around the modern world for many reasons. One of the first reasons is the obvious zen and tranquility this simple ‘device’ looking fountain can bring to your garden. The other reason is that it actually serves a purpose- it’s a practical design used for centuries in Asian countries to water a small area and let water travel to other places using long bamboo pipes. It’s easy to say that this is a tiny yet unique additive to a garden if you are going for that vibe and if you love the calming aesthetic of an Asian garden. To make this design even better, it can be an easy DIY project- click here to learn more about how you can do it yourself. Coming from someone who lived in Japan for nearly a decade- there’s nothing more extraordinary than something so small bringing peace to an area. If this is your style you absolutely will not regret adding this to a small pond.

  • 7. The Peeing Angel or Boy

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    A classic, right? This water fountain hardly needs any explanation and you would know what I’m talking about with or without a picture. But why is this such a ‘thing’? One of the main reasons it became popular was because of the Manneken-Pis, which was a popular drinking distribution system in the 15th century that became widely popular all over Europe and became a tradition that still exists to this day. The original fountain survived the bombing of Brussels and is dressed up and adorned multiple times a year. The peeing boy was seen everywhere by the 1700’s and is now a classic additive to fountain designs or can be used as a fountain on its own dripping into a pond. What else is there to say- it’s a classic and will never fade out of style.

  • 8. The Tiki Man

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    Straying away from common designs, the tiki was first discovered in Polynesia, a south Pacific God. Known as the first man, this God has many faces that protect against evil spirits and have been praised as a fertility and luck booster. Now a common design all over the place, a tiki water fountain adds to a tropical and exotic garden design. A tiki bar is something you can now see all over the world, especially in themed resorts. But the true faces of the tiki man made into fountains are inspired from the islands that praised him. You can find hundreds of tiki style fountains of many designs ranging from small to extra large.

  • 9. Celtic Accents

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    Celtic knots were used heavily in Celtic design and still remain very popular and unique on any type of decor you could possibly want. However, on water fountains, it brings a sense of power and charm to your home while still remaining minimalistic. The knots were some of the earliest forms of Celtic designs dating as far back as the 7th century when Europe was an ancient place of mystery. The fountain pictured above is accented with the famous Celtic knots in a birdbath two-tiered design. It combines a square top with a pillar stand making it the perfect accessory in any type of home design, from traditional to modern.

  • 10. Fancy Victorian Fountain

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    The Victorian era (circa 1837-1901) was an era celebrating the finer things in life, and the wealthy class almost always had a luxurious garden with a fountain as a centerpiece with delicately carved details and multiple tiers. The bigger the better and the more detailed craftsmanship meant your garden would stand out compared to others. Luckily, these days you don’t need to be a queen, duchess, or count to own one of these garden ornaments- you just have to have the space to fit one. It’s very common for a fancy Victorian style fountain to have a circular base with a width as large as 20 feet. For a true Victorian look, there would be multiple tiers, white aged stone, and sculptures surrounding it (like the seashells and horses pictured above.)

  • 11. Small Mounted European Pots

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    If you are not a big fan of the large and extravagant, this might be just what you’re looking for. This is more of a discrete water feature rather than a fountain, but still has the old-world European feel to it. What makes this fountain even better is the fact that it takes up no space on the ground and you can place it on your table or wall both inside and outside of your home. The rustic feel of the fountain pictured above contains European style pots with water spilling from the top and accents below the pots that would be commonly found on aged stone all over Europe. A classic design with bonus points- it’s very affordable!

  • 12. Moroccan Mosaic Tile Fountain

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    This is definitely a top pick for me, and it definitely should be for you too. In fact, it may be one of my personal favorites on this list. What do I even have to explain? Each mosaic tile is crafted in a way that makes this fountain look absolutely stunning both up close and from far away. One of the better features of this design is how versatile it is- there are the classic Moroccan fountains like the one pictured above, but there are also ones that have tiers with the mosaic tile on the base. We are choosing the classic Moroccan fountain for this list though- beautiful tiles surrounding a single spout that spills water into the pond below and attached to a wall. If you are looking for a fountain with personality and originality, this is the style for you.

  • 13. English Garden Birdbath

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    This is a typical English garden birdbath style fountain with a little contemporary ‘umph’ added to it. Therefore, it’s perfect for people with both a modern and classic eye wanting to combine both styles for a look of their own. This birdbath design is meant to be the focal point of a garden- placing it right in the middle of a patio with shrubs, plants, and flowers both surrounding it and placed directly under the fountain. Your English garden fountain does not need to be this big and doesn’t even have to be the main focal point of your garden. There are much smaller and equally as beautiful birdbath style fountains that can even be placed in more petite garden spaces. This is definitely not a ‘go big or go home’ type of style- it’s malleable to any style and size of a home or garden.

  • 14. Ancient Mayan Fountain

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    Maybe European isn’t your style- that’s fine. Because guess what the world has a lot of? Countries! Countries with incredible cultures and stories and world wonders that you can make a theme out of if you’re passionate about it. One of these incredible designs is the ancient Mayan pyramids that you can still visit today- architecture that has been standing strong for approximately 3,000 years. This is a design that has been adopted and brought back to life (of course in a way smaller form) as a fountain for your garden like the one pictured above. This pyramid fountain is interesting because it does not spray hard vertically or waterfall- it’s more of a mist that comes out of the top and lightly trickles down the sides of the pyramid into a stone pond rather than a water pond. Regardless, it’s still mesmerizing. It’s a very rare design and is often found in small-medium form meant for a garden feature. Click here to see another gorgeous (yet smaller) Mayan pyramid fountain.

  • 15. The Saints

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    No, not the New Orleans football Saints, these are the highly respected saints turned into water fountains that make beautiful tributes to any saint you adore. For example, the fountain shown above is of St. Francis, an Italian saint known for his devotion to taking care of the sick, poor, and even preaching sermons and showing love to animals circa 1181. The fountain in this picture shows St. Francis pouring water into a bowl for thirsty birds and rabbits which adds such a tranquil charm to your garden- a saint watching over all the critters and helping your garden flourish. Whether you are religious or not, you’ve got to admit that this sculpture of St. Francis as a water fountain is carved to perfection and would look great in any garden style.

  • 16. Happy Buddha

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    Piggybacking off of the last fountain again, here we are celebrating the life of Buddha by adding him as a fountain to your garden for peace, good luck, and serenity. While he is not a saint, he is the man that enlightened many and started what is now known as Buddhism- a religion practiced by millions. Another Asian influenced garden feature like we mentioned before with the Japanese Tsukubai, the happy Buddha fountain or garden ornament is very popular in zen Asian style gardens. Of course, this is a style that can range from a tiny desktop fountain to a large outdoor fountain.

    17. Grecian Style

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    The Greeks and Romans were a lot alike when it came to style- classy, elegant, and usually adorned with Gods and Goddesses as a sign of wealth and power. A classic Greek fountain was commonly pressed against walls (though they also indulged in huge 5-tiered fountains as well). This fountain would make an exceptional outdoor wall piece even without the flowers and plants surrounding it. The small two-tiered fountain is made even bigger in size with the pretty area around it which includes a brick arch and flowers with pots at the bottom- a famous feature in many Grecian designs. This style is definitely one of a kind and would create a very vintage look to your home.

  • 18. Smooth Antique Limestone

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    Limestone is commonly used as an antique building stone because it ages very well and looks great whether it’s brand new or hundreds of years old. It was also very standard and cost-effective for creating fountains in Europe for many centuries (it was even used in building the pyramids in Egypt). Therefore, it is simply a classic in European fountain designs. You can get a vintage limestone fountain in pretty much any design, from a classic 3-4 tiers, ponds with sculptures, and contrasting shapes. This cascading 2-tier design is added to a pond with traditional pillar designs surrounded by greens to give a flourishing garden appearance.

  • 19. Gargoyles

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    How awesome is this?! Okay, so gargoyles are really neat on their own as a statue, but as the topping of a water fountain...it’s even better. This isn’t the best picture, but imagine it glowing while the pond is filling up as a garden ornament. If you have a taste for the more ominous side of decor, then this look was made for you. Gargoyles were a part of gothic architecture beginning around the early 13th century and were originally used as water spouts on gutters to shoot water away from buildings in a creative fashion. They were a symbol of protection against evil spirits and became a huge statement during that era and thousands still stand today as a part of European culture. This fountain is medium in size and would fit perfectly in any sized garden. There are other small gargoyle fountains that can go inside your house or be mounted on walls.

  • 20. Tuscan Fountains

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    The Tuscan style (from Tuscany) is original and incorporates both elegance and a rustic nature to create an aged appearance. Tuscan is a very popular style for nearly everything, from home design to architecture. Basically, it’s a way to make a statement. Usually, in a bronze color or aged limestone, Tuscan style water fountains can be on their own with two tiers or look similar to Moroccan style fountains with colorful tiles surrounding them. One of the most common looks includes large pots or cauldrons to complete the look with a single spout pouring into the pot. This fountain is small in size and it can fit in a large variety of garden sizes.

  • 21. Old Mediterranean Water Fountain

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    Much like the Spanish courtyard and Tuscan style, the Mediterranean follows along the same guidelines while still having designs that are unique all over the many Mediterranean countries. It’s very common to see the same accents and colors shared between both Spanish and Mediterranean styles. The color schemes of the Mediterranean style fountain range from light blue to very dark and the tiles are almost always placed in a pattern- sometimes the tiles create pictures of birds, people, flowers, and other mosaic pictures. The circular base of this fountain with the tile placed around the circumference makes it stand out without being overly colorful and loud. Two tiers with a vase-shaped water tower draw attention and the plants surrounding it gives this fountain a classic and tropical Mediterranean vibe.

  • 22. The Artsy Renaissance

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    The Renaissance was a period during European history (1300-1600) in which a total reform and ‘rebirth’ swept the countries after the Middle Ages. So, what does this have to do with the architecture of a water fountain? Well, the time period was based on rediscovering and expanding art, science, politics, literature, etc. It was a time where art was at its prime and the structures and furniture still standing are beautifully decorated and crafted. Your typical Renaissance inspired water fountain would be just that- either really glamorous or a tasteful multiple tiered fountain hand-carved to perfection. This Renaissance-style fountain combines both art and simplicity with patterns on the pillars between each tier. It features a Toscana pool at the bottom and four fabulous tiers. The cream color is what you’d expect to see during the Renaissance but many other colors suit the era as well. Whether you’re the artsy type or not, this fountain was made for turning heads.

  • 23. Royal Lions

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    As you would probably suspect, lions represented many things throughout Europe’s history. You would see them everywhere, especially around palaces or high-end stores and wealthy homes. They are a symbol of nobility, power, wealth, courage, strength, and of course royalty. What’s not to love about adding those traits to your garden? If you decide on having a royal lion themed water fountain, there are many routes you can go- from spitting lions surrounding the pool or an actual lion shaped fountain. That might be a little extreme, but the sky's the limit when you want a royal garden. Other common (and less fancy) lion water fountains are wall mounted and feature a lion’s face spitting water into a small pool, which is great for small gardens and people who prefer small water features. This royal lion fountain is a classic- it features an octagonal basin with lions spitting water as well as water spraying from the top. What’s even better is that it’s medium in size, so you can indulge in the ‘old world feel’ without needing an extra large garden space.

    24. Segovia Style Stone

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    The Spanish inspired cast stone water fountain is a timeless look, named after Segovia, a famous city in Spain known for historical buildings still standing. The city features medieval walls, rich architecture, and cathedrals. So, it’s only fitting to list a water fountain that is based on this look and feel. Every time you step into your garden you will feel like you are a part of this rich culture and you have a little bit of medieval Spain only a walk away. One single spout pours into one small tier before landing into a larger basin and will perfectly fit against a wall to maximize your space. The design of this fountain fits with many design schemes, so don’t be worried about it looking out of place. Multiple color choices can also make this fountain fit right in!

    25. Urn Fountains

    Urn-Fountains

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    Urn-shaped fountains were first seen in Greece and parts of Asia (otherwise known as vase-shaped). They would usually be shaped like a large urn with a spout used to fill up bowls, cups, or just to drink out of. Today, you don’t have to have a giant urn in your garden unless you want to. Urn fountains come in all shapes and designs but still have an ancient nostalgia to them. We decided that a giant urn would be fitting in this context though, simply because it’s what you would see there and if you want an ancient European feature in your garden this will be one of the most historically accurate choices. The rectangular basin at the bottom fills with water that pours from the top of the urn (or vase) and the cast stone has an aged appearance that will add nostalgia to your garden.

    Final Thoughts

    After having gone through many European and other worldly fountain designs you might be overwhelmed with choices (and all the fun history facts you just absorbed). However, most people will have quite a few that catch their eye- narrowing choices down tremendously. Based on what you’ve narrowed it down to, you will know if you prefer the old world looks, ancient looks, colorful designs that pop, or classic tiered features. Or, you might want something completely original and unique to your own taste with a combination of multiple accents from different fountains. Why not? From there, your search can begin and soon enough you will have the perfect timeless water fountain in your own garden.

    • Catherine Sibi

    Winterizing Outdoor Fountains

     

     

    Introduction

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    Fountains are a beautiful addition to any property, including personal homes and residential areas. While they are stunning, they do require some regular upkeep to ensure they function well and continue to look appealing. Come winter, the harsh temperatures and weather can damage smaller components, making the fountain unusable. It is strongly recommended that they fountains are winterized properly to prepare it for the ice and snow.

    Winterizing a fountain is not a complicated process and only becomes easier over time. Whether the structure is large or small, almost everyone has to follow the same simple steps:

    1. Drain the fountain
    2. Clean away any residue
    3. Remove the pump and all other small parts
    4. Cover the fountain


     

    Step 1 – Drain the Fountain

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    Remember to shut the fountain off before doing any work with it. Failing to do so can result in injuries or broken equipment, especially if the basin is draining but the pump is still trying to move water.

    The process of draining a fountain does not have to be difficult. Most modern models include a small plug somewhere near the bottom, especially if the fountain is made of plastic or another synthetic material. In this case, all the owner needs to do is pull the plug. Some time should be given to allow all of the water to drain thoroughly. At this point, the fountain can be cleaned as well.

    Fountains without plugs are a little harder to clean, especially if water continues to cycle through the pump. The easiest way to empty the basin is by hand. The owner will need to get a bucket and start bailing. If the fountain is made of plastic or movable, it is possible to simply turn the fountain over and dump the water out, but otherwise the owner will need to do everything by hand. As usual, the owner should allow any remaining puddles at the bottom of the basin to dry out once draining is complete.

    If neither of the other options work, it’s time to use a siphon. A siphon works using basic physics, which say that fluid can be removed from a body of water using a segment of horizontal tubing. For example, the standard garden hose.

    Image 2 – A Garden Hose

    Using a siphon is a little more complicated than the other methods. The full list of materials required includes: a hose long enough to stretch between the fountain and dumping ground, a rock, a nozzle, and a working spigot. The following steps detail the entire process.

    1. Attach the nozzle to one end of the hose and seal it so no water escapes
    2. Attach the unoccupied end of the hose to a working spigot
    3. Put water into the hose until it is completely full
    4. Detach the hose from the spigot without spilling the water
    5. Place this end of the hose in the deepest part of the fountain
    6. Weigh down the hose with a rock or brick so it stays submerged
    7. Open the nozzle so water starts draining

    Because of how physics works, the water will drain from the hose and then from the fountain until there is no more that the hose can reach. Why? Because the molecules which form the water will essentially “stick” together, forming a long chain of the liquid. The owner will still need to let the basin dry after siphoning to ensure no liquid is left behind.


     

    Step 2 – Clean off Residue

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    Fountains getting dirty is a fact of life for owners. All sorts of residue gets trapped in and around the fountain, causing stains and overall ruining the appearance of the structure. Each type of residue requires a different method to be fully eradicated. Some of the most common messes include:

    • Growths like algae and mildew
    • Mineral stains from hard water
    • Dirt and animal messes

    Algae is a slimy, nonflowering plant which grows in areas where there is a lot of moisture. Fountains which aren’t regularly scrubbed and maintained are likely to develop some form of algal growth, especially in the basin and around the spurts where water emerges. The easiest way to eliminate algae is to mix a few drops of mild dish soap with water. The owner should use a soft, non-abrasive sponge to scrub the fountain with the mixture. Once finished, all of the soap needs to be rinsed away to avoid buildup.

    Mold is a different animal – or plant in this case – entirely. Mold is a woolly growth caused by fungus that lives on damp or decaying materials. The majority of mold found on fountains is not harmful, but some can be dangerous for humans. Mildew is basically like a mold but is different because of its color. Mildew tends to show up as a thin white film that covers areas where there is consistent moisture.

    Mold and mildew are cleaned in the same manner as algae. The owner needs to mix together a small amount of dish soap with water and then use a soft sponge to scrub away the fungus. Anyone doing this job should wear protection like rubber gloves to make sure the mold fibers don’t touch skin. Not all types of mold are dangerous, but some can be, especially when

    Mineral stains also need to be scrubbed with a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Sometimes the mineral deposits, also called hard water stains, take a lot of cleaning to remove. If they continue to be reoccurring problem, it might be worthwhile to invest in some sort of filter to remove the minerals from the water source used in the fountain.

    Finally, there are dirt and animal stains. Believe it or not, most of these messes can be cleaned using warm water and the same soft brush used in the other scenarios. Dish soap can be added but is not necessary, especially if there is just dirt. If scrubbing doesn’t work, the dirt might need to be scraped off before cleaning commences.

    Once all of the stains have been removed, the fountain is ready to continue the process of winterization.


     

    Step 3 – Remove the Pump and Other Small Components

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    The pump is an important part of any fountain. It’s one of the most crucial components which keeps water flowing from the basin, up through the fountain spouts, and back out into the basin. Before doing anything, make sure the power supply to the fountain is disconnected so the pump does not start back up. Each pump will have different rules on how it should be taken out and how the small parts should be removed. Just make sure that no moving parts remain inside.

    So, why should the pump get taken out?

    The pump and the other moving components spending all of the spring, summer, and fall in action. Many of them will get worn down from the constant use. Each part should be inspected before it goes back into the fountain just to make sure everything will function normally.

    Another reason to remove the pump and other moving parts is that they might not react well to the cold. It’s difficult for the internal pieces to dry, so it’s possible for them to freeze, crack, and break in the winter. Winter also provides an excellent opportunity to clean these pieces. Again, they are always exposed to water and moisture, which means a buildup of algae and mildew should be expected.

    Pre-purchased fountains usually come with instruction manuals that explain how to take the pump and other components out. Someone who owns a custom fountain might need to contact the builder for more information. On average, the removal process should only take 30-60 minutes. Afterwards, the parts can be cleaned with the same dish soap and water mix found in step 2.

    Once the pump is removed, it is time to double check that everything is thoroughly dry. Use old towels or blankets inside the bowls to absorb any moisture. Moisture that stays in the fountain can freeze and cause cracking.


     

    Step 4 – Cover the Fountain

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    Covering the fountain is the easiest step of winterizing the structure. All the owner needs to do is acquire some kind of waterproof cover to protect the structure from the wind, ice, and snow. There are a few requirements for a cover. The best kind will be waterproof to prevent damage or the buildup of mold and mildew on the fountain. Covers should also be fitted correctly to the fountain, which means there should be no gaps or loose patches. Some models will also come with additional features like a zipper or a drawstring at the bottom to pull shut the cover to further defend the fountain, which is important in making sure the cover provides the maximum protection possible.

    Not all fountains come with covers since it can be difficult to mass-produce a model which fits even standardized fountains. For these, the owner will need to purchase one. The best way to ensure a cover fits is to buy it from the same manufacturer or builder of the fountain pieces since they will know the dimensions of the fountain and how the cover can be fitted the best. If purchasing from the same manufacturer isn’t an option, two measurements are needed: the fountain height and diameter.

    These two measurements are really easy to take. For height, the owner needs to use some form of tape measure. One end should be kept at the bottom and the other needs to be brought all of the way to the tip of the fountain. Most people should add an extra inch or two to their measurement to ensure that the cover fits well. The person doing the measurement should bend the tape measure over any curves leading to the top because measuring straight up and down will not accommodate the true shape of the fountain. Almost all covers sold in the United States are cut and measured in inches, so fountain owners should use the inch as their unit of measurement.

    For the diameter, the owner wants to measure the fountain at its widest point. For most fountain styles, this will be around the basin where water collects before going into the pumps. As with the height, the diameter should be measured in inches. With these two measurements, the owner can either purchase a standard cover sold by hardware stores or they can special order one sold from a specific retailer.

    It’s important to get a well-fitted fountain cover so that snow and moisture don’t pool over the cover, similar to what can be seen on cloth canopies or general swimming pool covers. Pockets of liquid add extra weight, which can be detrimental to a fountain’s structural integrity and the efficiency of a cover. It would be disappointing to invest in one only to have it pulled away from the edges of the fountain by extra weight.

    Covering the fountain requires little effort. Simply air out the cover and place it over the structure. If there is some sort of zipper, drawstring, or Velcro to hold it in place, use it. The owner wants to make sure everything is tightly sealed before leaving it for the winter.


     

    Conclusion

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    Fountains can be an enjoyable part of any yard or garden, but they can’t remain on all year. Before winter comes, it’s important to make sure the fountain is properly prepared so that it doesn’t freeze or suffer any damage from the cold and ice. All of the steps in this guide should be simple to follow, especially when it comes to cleaning and covering. Remember to do each part to prevent long-lasting problems with the mechanical components of the fountain. If there are any questions, be sure to contact a specialist or the fountain’s manufacturer for assistance. It’s better to be safe than cause damage to the fountain!

    • Catherine Sibi

    Outdoor Fountain Pros - The Ultimate Fountain Guidebook for 2018

    Finding the perfect outdoor water fountain is our specialty here at Outdoor Fountain Pros. There is a vast variety of outdoor water features, so whether you are looking for a small garden fountain for your back patio, or a large outdoor fountain for your driveway or business, we are here to help!


    Table of Contents

    Introduction

    Why Should You Consider an Outdoor Fountain?

    Adding Fountains Is Fun and Easy
    Change Up the Garden Style
    Make It a Focal Point or an Accent
    Bring in More of the Natural World to the Garden
    The Sound Is Peaceful and Relaxing
    You Have Tons of Options

    The Potential Drawbacks of Having an Outdoor Fountain

    You Might Attract the Wrong Types of Animals to the Garden
    Some Fountains Are Noisy
    Some Fountains Are Poorly Made
    You May Not Want to Do Maintenance
    Should You Get a Fountain for the Garden?

    How Does an Outdoor Fountain Usually Work?

    The Reservoir or Basin
    The Pump
    Tubing for Water
    Water Distribution or Fountain Head
    The Structure
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    Where Should You Keep Your Outdoor Fountain

    A Source of Water for the Fountain
    Make It Visible
    The Sound Level of the Fountain
    Power for the Fountain
    Take Some Photos and Think About Your Fountain Location Before Buying

    What Options Are Available for Outdoor Fountains?

    Things to Consider When Buying
    Types of Outdoor Fountains
    Materials Used in Outdoor Fountains

    Caring for and Maintaining Your Fountain

    Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions
    Check the Water Levels
    Clean the Fountain
    Stop Algae and Limescale from Growing
    Getting Your Outdoor Fountain Ready for the Winter
    Maintenance Is Simple

    Conclusion

    Introduction:

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    Naturally, you want to have a beautiful yard. Of course, you know it takes work and you need the right type of décor.
    The garden area should be a place that reflects your aesthetic style and sensibilities, and you have many choices when it comes to the type of décor that you want to have in your yard. One of the best options, which can provide you with endless enjoyment and true beauty, is an outdoor fountain.
    Fountains have a lot of positives going for them, and over the course of this guide, we will be looking at some of the elements that can help you learn more about them, how to make your choice, and what types of benefits they can offer, potential cons of having a water feature, and more.
    The goal is to provide you with all of the information you need when it comes to deciding on an outdoor fountain for your garden area. Let’s get started.

     

    Why Should You Consider an Outdoor Fountain?

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    You do your best to make your outdoor areas and garden into truly beautiful spots where you like to spend some time. Sure, you may have some lovely flowers, a deck area, some nice outdoor furniture, and maybe even some sculptures in the garden. However, there is something about having an outdoor fountain that can add a whole new element of visual interest to your space.
    Let’s look at the pros of having an outdoor fountain for your garden. In the following chapter, we will be looking at some of the potential drawbacks or reasons that you may not want to have a fountain for the garden.

    Adding Fountains Is Fun and Easy

    You can use outdoor water features to create a veritable oasis in the backyard, and it could even become the focal point of your garden. Of course, you might still be on the fence when it comes to getting one of these outdoor fountains. You may be thinking that you can’t afford a nice fountain, or that they are going to be too much trouble to maintain properly.
    Fortunately, you can put those worries out of your mind. While there are certainly some high-end, costly fountains out there, they are by no means the only fountains available. You can generally find fountains that are well within your budget range, even if that budget is still relatively small. In addition, you will find that fountains tend to be easy to maintain, as you will see in later chapters in this guide.

    Change Up the Garden Style

    Another reason that you may want to have a water fountain in your garden is the design possibilities that it can unlock. Maybe you have wanted to change up the overall style and aesthetic of the garden. Having a new fountain and matching the garden style to it could be great. Of course, you can always choose to find a fountain that closely matches the garden style that you already have if you prefer.
    Think about the textures of the fountain or the garden and about ways that you could work with those textures to bring the entire area together.

    Make It a Focal Point or an Accent

    When you have a fountain in your garden, depending on where you decide to put it and the size of the feature, you can determine whether it is going to be an accent piece to the garden or if it will become the focal point of the garden. There are some benefits to both of these options.
    If you use the fountain as an accent piece, you will be able to place the focus of the garden in another area. Perhaps you have a gazebo, for example, which you feel should be the center point of the garden, or a walkway that leads to a patio or rock garden. You can simply have a smaller garden fountain or an “out of the way” outdoor fountain that works more as an accent piece.
    Of course, there is always the possibility that you want this fountain to be the focus of your garden, and there is nothing wrong with that. Perhaps you want to have a larger fountain that really draws the eye, or a place where you can gather with the friends and family.
    Regardless of the size of the fountain and whether it is the center or an accent piece, it is sure to be a welcome addition to your garden.

    Bring in More of the Natural World to the Garden

    Not only will family and friends, along with yourself, enjoy the fountain in the garden, but you might just find that you have some animals that make it more of a habit to hang around the garden. These could be birds, squirrels, and other little creatures that might end up relying on the fountain as a place to cool off or get a drink on a hot day.
    The fountain is a nice way to add some more life to the garden. In addition, there are some types of fountains and water features that would even be good for adding your own fish, such as koi. This guide does not go into creating a koi fountain/pond, but it might be something you want to consider if you would like an outdoor water feature for the garden.

    The Sound Is Peaceful and Relaxing

    There is also something very relaxing and soothing about the sound that a fountain makes. The water can help to reduce the amount of stress that you feel in your body and mind. We all know that stress can build in today’s busy world and having a place out in the garden where you can spend some time just listening to the water and forgetting about the troubles of the world will be fantastic.
    In fact, if you like to do yoga or meditate, and you have the space near the fountain, it could be a great place to unwind.

    You Have Tons of Options

    You can choose from many different styles and types of fountain, and you can find a size that should work well for your needs. Whether you are looking for a feature made from natural stone, copper, fiberglass, stainless steel, or another material, you will have a wealth of options. This makes it possible to find a fountain that should suit just about everyone’s aesthetic styles, not to mention budget.

    What Options Are Available for Outdoor Fountains?

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    When you first start your search for outdoor fountains, it quickly becomes apparent that you have a large number of options on your hands. In fact, there are so many potential choices that it can quickly feel overwhelming. Just when you see one fountain that looks great and will work well in your setup, you see something else that might work even better.

    Things to Consider When Buying

    Fortunately, there are some things that you can do in order to make it quite a bit easier to narrow your choices. Simply learn about the different types of outdoor fountain, and the various types of material, and then start to narrow your choices even before you start looking at the fountains.
    Consider your budget, as well. This is often one of the best ways that you can make your decision, as you will be sticking to fountains that are in a certain price range. Additionally, think about the size of the space that you have available for a fountain, as this can help to narrow the options.
    The idea is to set up a few parameters of what you should be getting before you start looking at fountains and falling in love with them. It will keep you looking only at the fountains that are going to work for your needs.
    Now, let’s get a better understanding of the different types of fountains that are out there.

    Types of Outdoor Fountains

    In this section, we will be looking at some of the many different types of outdoor fountains that are available. However, these are certainly not the only types of fountains that are available today. These simply tend to be some of the most common, and keep in mind that there are often overlaps in the types. For example, a decorative garden feature might also be a solar fountain.

    • Fountains with Pools – A fountain with a pool creates exceptional waterfalling sounds as the water cascades down into the basin. This is one of the most popular types of fountain as it provides a great way to add a focal point to an area.
    • Modern Fountains – Modern fountains are perfect for those living a contemporary lifestyle but still wanting to bring the soothing sounds of nature to their home or business. They often have geometrical shapes with clean and simple lines. 
    • Wall Fountain – One of the nice things about wall fountains is the fact that they are going to take up less real estate than a typical fountain. This means that even smaller gardens can utilize these fountains without worry.
    • Rock Waterfall Fountains – A rock waterfall fountain is made to look like a rocky surface with water that cascades down into the reservoir, just like a waterfall. The water is then pumped up to the top.
    • Tiered Fountains–A tiered fountain featured several levels with the top levels being smaller than the lower levels. The water cascades down all of them and returns to the reservoir.
    • Decorative Garden Fountains – Many different styles of fountain are contained under this “type”. These would include those fountains that are sculpted to look like animals or people, as well as shapes.
    • Birdbath Fountains – These are fountains that are also birdbaths. The fact that it is also a fountain helps to ensure the water does not get too stagnant.
    • Disappearing Water Feature – These fountains will have a reservoir that is hidden beneath the ground, so when the water cascades down the side, it looks as if it is disappearing into the ground. It can provide a nice landscaping effect that looks great in many gardens.
    • Solar – Solar fountains can be a good choice for those who want to be as green as possible with their fountain. They utilize the sun to get power for moving the water through the fountain. They come in many different styles.

    Materials Used in Outdoor Fountains

    In addition to choosing the type of fountain for your garden, you will also need to consider the material for the fountain. There are several options available.

    • CastStone – Cast stone fountains can be a nice choice. They are durable, and they can last for a long time. In addition, there are many styles and designs.
    • Granite – Granite is a popular option, but it can be costlier than some of the other choices. This material tends to be quite durable, and there are a range of natural, beautiful colors.
    • GFRC – Glass fiber reinforced concrete fountains are made from composite stone. While they are durable, they also tend to be lightweight when compared with some other options.
    • Stainless Steel – Those who are looking for a more modern look for their fountain might want to choose this option. Again, they are quite durable.
    • Resin – Handcrafted resin is lightweight and available in many different styles.
    • Copper – Copper is very popular when it comes to fountains. The copper fountains tend to be elegant, and there are some nice options available.
    • Fiberglass – Fiberglass has a lot of benefits. It is very lightweight, and it can be cast to look like many different types of materials. You can get all of the beauty of other materials with a lower cost.

    You will find that there are quite a few brands making these fountains today, including Gist Décor, Henri Studio, Campania International, and more. Have an idea of the types of fountain that will work for you, and then find the perfect fountain.

     

    How Does an Outdoor Fountain Usually Work?

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    Even though there are many different styles and shapes of fountains available today, you will find that they tend to work in very similar ways, and they have similar types of parts. In this chapter, we are going to get a better understanding of what each of the parts of the feature is and what it does. When you understand these basics, you should be able to pick out the various parts on the fountains that you see.
    In addition, it could help you to determine where the source of a problem might be if something was to go wrong with the fountain.

    The Reservoir or Basin

    All of the outdoor water fountains that you will find are going to have a basin or a reservoir. This is simply the term used for the location that holds the water for the fountain.
    Additionally, it is generally the location that also holds the pump. There will be areas of the reservoir where the water can flow into and out of it, essentially creating a closed circuit of water.

    The Pump

    In order for the water to move through the fountain, it is going to need a pump. Some larger fountains may need an external pump due to their size. The pump will generally be located in the water reservoir beneath the water, and it may be partially encased and hidden in a housing.
    The goal of the pump it to bring in water via a spinning impellor. This water is then pushed out of the pump using centrifugal force, which causes the water to move from one area of the fountain to another. The style of fountain can differ, but there is always going to be a pump that is moving water in this manner.

    Tubing for Water

    The water will typically travel through tubing to the other areas of the fountain. Namely, it is going to be traveling from the reservoir through the tubing and up to the next element on this list, the fountain head. The tubing will connect the pump to this area of the fountain.

    Water Distribution or Fountain Head

    The fountain head of the feature is the area where the water emerges from the fountain and is sprayed into the air or trickles downward and back into the reservoir. Even the air that is sprayed out is typically going to fall back into the reservoir. This is ensuring that the closed circuit of water mentioned earlier continues so the fountain can keep operating.

    The Structure

    The structure of the fountain simply refers to the style and the materials from which it was made. There is an amazing number of variations for fountains including different materials and different types of fountains. We will be discussing them later in the guide.
    Even though there are all of these interesting variations, you will find that the basic design of the fountains are very similar from one to another. Some are going to have additional pumps, and others might have more outlet pipes, so the water can emerge and flow from different areas of the fountain. They might have spray effects, waterfall effects, and other interesting effects.
    Even the pond fountains that are available work on a very similar principle. They simply have a pond rather than a standard reservoir.

    Great Information to Have

    Once you have your own fountain, make sure you get to know all of the different pieces of it and compare them to the pieces discussed in this chapter. When you have at least a basic idea of how a fountain works, the knowledge will let you know just where to look for problems if something were to go wrong with the fountain and you need to troubleshoot it.


    Where Should You Keep Your Outdoor Fountain

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    Before you choose an outdoor fountain, whether you are going to use it in the garden or in the front of your home – or even a business – you have to take a step back and think about the placement of the fountain. While it is true that you can place outdoor water features in just about any location, you will find that there are some factors that you need to keep in mind.
    The amount of space that you have available to you is going to play a huge role when it comes to just where you can place the fountain. In addition, the layout of the garden or other area will be an important factor to think about when you are choosing the best location for the fountain.
    Let’s look at some of the other important things that you should keep in mind when you are placing the fountain.

    A Source of Water for the Fountain

    One of the most important things you will need to consider is how you are going to supply water to the fountain. In some cases, it might be connected to the home’s water supply, but that is not always the case. In some instances, you are going to be filling up the water in the fountain on your own.
    Even though you have a closed water circuit in the fountain, as discussed in the last chapter, you still have to account for evaporation. Over time, some of the water in the fountain is going to evaporate.
    You need to make sure that the pump is covered in water, so it does not burn out, so this means you will want to check the water level of the fountain and add water as needed. Therefore, you want to make sure that you are not too far from an easy source of water.You may want to consider adding an auto-refill system to the fountain. This is a float valve that sits inside the fountain and is connected to a water line. This keeps the water level. 

    Make It Visible

    Naturally, you want to make sure that you choose a place in the garden where the fountain will be visible. Even when you are just using a fountain as an accent piece, it should still be in a great location that can draw the eye. Always make sure you have chosen a good location from an aesthetic point of view. This is going to be subjective and it will be different for every garden.

    The Sound Level of the Fountain

    As we mentioned earlier, some fountains are going to be somewhat loud because of the pumps and the sound of the water. You want to make sure that you choose a location for the water feature that is close enough where you can enjoy it and the sound of the water, but not so close that the sound of the pump drowns out all of the conversation that you and your friends are having out in the garden. Again, the size and style of the fountain can play a role in this.

    Power for the Fountain

    The pump needs to have power in order to move the water through it and create the fountain effect. There are a range of power options available when it comes to fountains. Some of the smaller fountains, such as the ones that you would keep indoors, are going to rely on batteries.
    For the outdoor fountains, you are typically going to choose from solar fountains or hardwired fountains. If you have a solar fountain, you will not have to worry about much in terms of placement. However, you do need to make sure that it will get plenty of sun throughout the day and that is it not in the shadow of the house, a tree, or other plants in the garden.
    If you have a hardwired fountain, though, you will want to choose a location that is going to be easy for connection to your electrical supply. Most of the time, you will want to work with an electrician who can help you with the installation of these types of fountains.
    They can also give you a better idea of where you should place the fountain. After all, you probably do not want to run wires too far through the garden to the fountain.

    Take Some Photos and Think About Your Fountain Location Before Buying

    It really can be quite tempting to run out and buy the first fountain that you see. However, you need to do some more research first. Photograph your garden and consider just where a water feature is going to make the most sense. You will find that these photos are going to make it easier for you to determine just what type of fountain you should get, as well, which we will be discussing in the next chapte.

      Materials Used in Outdoor Fountains

      In addition to choosing the type of fountain for your garden, you will also need to consider the material for the fountain. There are several options available.

      • CastStone – Cast stone fountains can be a nice choice. They are durable, and they can last for a long time. In addition, there are many styles and designs.
      • Granite – Granite is a popular option, but it can be costlier than some of the other choices. This material tends to be quite durable, and there are a range of natural, beautiful colors.
      • GFRC – Glass fiber reinforced concrete fountains are made from composite stone. While they are durable, they also tend to be lightweight when compared with some other options.
      • Stainless Steel – Those who are looking for a more modern look for their fountain might want to choose this option. Again, they are quite durable.
      • Resin – Handcrafted resin is lightweight and available in many different styles.
      • Copper – Copper is very popular when it comes to fountains. The copper fountains tend to be elegant, and there are some nice options available.
      • Fiberglass – Fiberglass has a lot of benefits. It is very lightweight, and it can be cast to look like many different types of materials. You can get all of the beauty of other materials with a lower cost.

      You will find that there are quite a few brands making these fountains today, including Gist Décor, Henri Studio, Campania International, and more. Have an idea of the types of fountain that will work for you, and then find the perfect fountain.

       

      Caring for and Maintaining Your Fountain

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      You have taken the time to find a wonderful fountain for your garden, and you want to make sure that the fountain continues to look and work great for a long time to come. In order for this to happen, you are going to need to consider some basic and simple maintenance that you can perform on the fountain. Fortunately, you will find that it tends to be quite easy.

      Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions

      When you buy your outdoor fountain, you will have instructions from the manufacturer. These instructions are typically going to tell you what you need to do in order to maintain your feature properly. You will always want to follow their instructions for the best results. However, there are some other simple maintenance tips that you are sure to want to incorporate in your maintenance routine.

      Check the Water Levels

      You always want to make sure that you have the proper amount of water in your fountain. If the water levels were to get too low and the pump is uncovered, it is going to overheat and burn out before long. This is not typically going to be covered by a warranty. Simply add water every couple of days and do so more often on those days when it is particularly hot and dry.

      Clean the Fountain

      You will need to make sure you clean out the fountain regularly from dirt, dust, leaves, and other debris that has accumulated in it. Simply removing the debris that you see every few days or so is a start, but you will eventually want to do a full cleaning. This will involve removing the water after you turn off the pump, wiping out the reservoir and cleaning the pump.

      Stop Algae and Limescale from Growing

      You can also make sure that you do not have any limescale or algae buildups on your fountain with relative ease. All you need to do is make sure that you are using a water treatment in the fountain, along with the water. This helps to keep the water nice and clear.

      Getting Your Outdoor Fountain Ready for the Winter

      If you happen to live in an area that has cold winders where it gets down to freezing temperatures, then you are going to need to winterize your fountain. You do not want to keep those fountains out during the winter, as the water in the fountain is going to freeze and expand, which would crack the material – even stone in many cases. Even if you were to remove the water, there could still be other damage from the cold. It’s best to move the fountain indoors and store it over the winter.
      Simply remove the water from the fountain, clean it out as you normally wood, but do not put any water back into the fountain. Bring it into the garage, basement, or other area you have to store it. Make sure that your water pump is clean and working properly.
      Of course, if you happen to have a fountain that is so large or heavy that you simply can’t move it into a garage or other storage area, you can consider covering the fountain instead. Having a fountain cover can help to keep the snow off of the fountain, and it will protect it more than just letting it sit out in the elements.

      Maintenance Is Simple

      As you can see, keeping your outdoor fountain properly maintained is quite simple. You just need to be dedicated to performing these basic steps to keep your fountain looking great and in wonderful working order for many years to come.

      The Potential Drawbacks of Having an Outdoor Fountain

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      While there are reasons to bring an outdoor fountain into your garden, there are also some potential cons that need to be discussed. Even though the pros for having an outdoor fountain are many, you still need to be sure it is the right decision for the space that you have.
      Now, we will be looking at some of the reasons that a water feature might not be the right choice for your needs.Fortunately, these reasons tend to be quite minor, and they are not going to affect most people who are considering getting a fountain. Still, they should be pointed out.

      You Might Attract the Wrong Types of Animals to the Garden

      Having some birds and maybe some bunnies that come out to the garden to get a drink can be great. However, you do need to think about all of the animals that the water fountain could attract and whether you care if they are in your garden. If you grow vegetables, for example, you might not want to have rabbits in the garden. You might not want to have a family of skunks that stops by, either. While this will not be a problem in all gardens, it could be in some.

      Some Fountains Are Noisy

      There are many types of fountains available, and you may find that some of them are a bit noisier than you might have imagined. If you do not want to have added noise out in the garden, then some of the fountains may not be a great solution for you. There are, of course, some fountains that are going to be much quieter, but you will need to make that a factor when you are choosing your fountain.

      Some Fountains Are Poorly Made

      Just as some fountains are loud, you might find that other fountains on the market are made poorly. They might have pumps that are simply not going to last for very long, or they might have pieces that break off. Others might promise to look realistic or be made from a certain material only to disappoint on arrival.
      Getting a poorly made fountain typically happens when someone is trying to get the cheapest fountain they can find. The same things is often true of the extremely noisy fountains. The best thing you can do when you are choosing your fountains is to research them. Make sure they are high-quality, even if it means you might be spending a bit more on the fountain. In the end, you will be spending less when you have a fountain that is going to last for much longer.

      You May Not Want to Do Maintenance

      This problem or drawback is more about the owner than it is the fountain. You will find that the fountains can work quite well for many years when you take proper care of them and provide them with the maintenance they need. The problems can start to arise when they are not getting that maintenance.
      If you know that you are not going to bother providing the fountain with the simple maintenance that it needs, and if you are just going to leave it out in the garden through a long, cold winter, it is not going to be in your best interest to get a fountain. Maintenance is easy, but you have to commit to doing it.

      Should You Get a Fountain for the Garden?

      So, is the outdoor fountain going to be a good idea for you? Most people who have the space, even a small space where they might only be able to use a wall fountain, will find that the pros of having the fountain are going to outweigh the potential negatives. Weigh the good and the bad and figure out whether or not it is going to be right for you.


      Conclusion:

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      Now that you have taken the time to go through the guide to outdoor fountains, you should have a much better understanding of not only how they operate and why you should have at least one in your garden, but also how to choose the one that works well for you.
      All you need to do now is remember the advice in the guide and start looking for a great fountain for your outdoor space. You have some great options and brands available, so take your time and make sure you have the perfect fountain. You are going to love what it does to improve the look and the feel of your garden space.

      • Catherine Sibi

      How to Clean Your Outdoor Fountain

      Outdoor fountains are beautiful pieces of art that can be used to spruce up a backyard of any size. These fountains sometimes have sculptures or recognizable figurines as a part of their design. The size of outdoor fountains will typically depend on your personal preferences. Perhaps you enjoy small and compact fountains over larger ones. However, the scale of the fountain will also depend on the size of your yard. Often, the question is raised in regards to how outdoor fountains can be cleaned. Smaller fountains will take less time to clean, unless there are lots of intricate details that require more time. On the other hand, larger fountains have more water and room for buildup. We will be discussing more specifics in the article below!

      Ball And Bowl Outdoor Water Fountain

      Read The Manufacturer’s Instructions

      This is the easiest and one of the most important parts of your intensive algae treatment procedures.  Different fountains require different chemicals and using the wrong chemical to clean your fountain can result in irreversible damage to your beloved water feature. 

      Drain Your Fountain

      Once you have read the maintenance instructions that came with your fountain and you fully understand what chemicals are safe to use and how to disassemble your pump, you are ready to begin draining your fountain.  Depending on the size of your fountain, a wet/dry vac may be required to get the fountain basin completely drained.  Be sure to unplug your pump prior to draining your water fountain or you can burn out the pump's motor.

      Rinse Your Fountain

      Rinse your fountain with clean water.  Make sure to clear all the lines by running the water through the lines.  Use a rag and water to rinse your fountain and see what algae stains may require additional attention in order to be removed.

      Beauvais Water Fountain with Basin

      Clean Your Pump

      Carefully remove your pump from your water fountain.  Take it to a well-lit area and disassemble the pump according to the manufacturer's instructions.  An old toothbrush can provide you with a very efficient way to clean the hard to reach places within your pump.  Be sure that you don't use any chemicals that are not listed as approved by the manufacturer and it is very important that you rinse your pump off to remove any soap.  Soap can ruin a pump in less than a day, so it is critically important that you rinse your unit off completely.

      Clean all Spouts and Tubing

      Cleaning the pipes and tubing of your fountain can require special tools.  Pipe cleaners are one of the cheapest and most effective ways to get your tubing clean.  Make sure fully clean each tube to prevent blockage.  A blocked line can burn your pump out and even cause leaks within your tubing system.  Avoid these problems by inspecting all of your tubings after a thorough cleaning.

      Clean the Fountain Basin

      Go back over your fountain basin with fresh water.  Depending on the material that your fountain is made from, you may be able to use high-pressure washing techniques.  Cast stone fountains can be pressure washed for an extra clean look.

      Scrub Stains Out

      Some stains are going to be stubborn and require a little more attention to remove.  These stains can be removed with the use of a toothbrush and an approved cleaning agent.  If you do not have access to any fountain basin cleaner, dish soap can work for most stains but some elbow grease may be required.

      Rinse Your Fountain

      Now rinse your fountain to remove any chemicals from the fountains walls.  Take your wet/dry vacuum and remove all of the water from the basin again.  Inspect your fountains basin to ensure that all stains have been removed.  Algae can come back quickly so you need to be sure that you have completely removed any algae from your fountain during this process.

      M-Series Pebble Garden Terrace Fountain

       

      Add an Algae Prevention Schedule

      Now that you have completed your intensive algae clean-up process, you are probably thinking to yourself "How can I avoid doing all of this work again in the near future?"  That’s an easy question to answer, simply begin an algae prevention schedule.

      You should give your fountain a regular cleaning every three months to prevent any algae from gaining hold onto your fountains basin or pump.  Placing your fountain in an area that has significant shade can also help to slow algae growth. Algae will grow where ever there is water and sun but in cool shaded areas, algae grow at a much slower pace.

      Distilled water can be another great addition to consider adding to your alga prevention strategy.  This is a great way to avoid using chemical but it can raise your ownership costs a bit.  

      Using a water additive is the best prevention method you can use to keep your fountain looking nice. These are usually inexpensive, and last a long time. Fountec Algaecide and Clarifier will keep algae away, but is not an abrasive chemical. When used as directed, it is safe for all animals, including birds and pets who like to drink out of your fountain. It is a little too strong for fish though. All you do is add a few drops each week depending on the size of your fountain and it keeps algae under control. 

       

      • Catherine Sibi

      The Top Fountain Accessories for 2018

      Experienced fountain owners will tell you that there are some accessories you should consider once you have found the perfect fountain for your home. Water fountains can require maintenance and homeowners have been pressuring manufacturer's to come up with new and innovative ways to cut the workload required to maintain your beautiful water features.

      This has led to some interesting developments in the water fountain industry as manufacturers have stepped up to the plate to meet their client’s requests. Fountain accessories have advanced considerably over the last five years and the industry is now at the point where it has never been easier to own, operate, and maintain a luxurious water feature in your home.  

      Ball And Wok Outdoor Water Fountain

      Ball And Wok Outdoor Water Fountain

       

      Below are some of the most popular water fountain accessories for 2017. While some have been around for years, others are new to the industry. These accessories are guaranteed to make your fountain ownership more pleasant by providing you with less maintenance and more control over your new water feature.

      Automatic Refill Device

      An automatic refill device is an excellent addition to consider. This is especially true if you live in a drier climate such as the deserts of the southwest. Your fountain is constantly losing water through a combination of evaporation and splashing. Every fountain encounters these problems and until recently, this required a fountain owner to monitor their water levels closely.

      It is critically important that you ensure that your water pump is always submerged. If your water level falls too low, you can burn your water pump motor out.  Water pumps are designed to operate for long periods of time in the water but they cannot maintain their functionality if they are not properly submerged. Your water pump is important to protect and thanks to some innovative minds, it is now easier than ever.

      Most automatic refill devices work by monitoring your fountains water level through the use of a float device. Once this device goes below a certain predetermined level, water will be applied to your fountain automatically until the desired water level has been reestablished. This is one of the best accessories you can get for your water fountain and it is another way to help protect your investment.

      Monolith Outdoor Solar Fountain

      Monolith Outdoor Solar Fountain

      Go Wireless

      Adding a wireless remote to your fountain can be one of the best ways to control your new water feature. Simply install the remote feature to your existing pump and you can gain wireless control over your favorite water feature. This is a great feature to add to your water fountain and your guest will be in amazement when your fountain instantly turns into life with just the press of a button.

      Fountain Covers

      A fountain cover is an essential piece of fountain maintenance during the winter months. Cast stone fountains can be heavy and therefore permanent in their location. During the winter months, there is fountain maintenance that must be done to prepare your water feature for the freezing weather ahead.  

      A fountain cover can be the perfect way to keep unwanted moisture from making its way into your cast stone and causing cracks. If a small bit of water will expand when it freezes and this expansion is powerful enough to crack stone as well as tubing, pipes, and other fountain pieces.

      Lighting Systems

      The addition of a lighting system can be an excellent way to get nighttime enjoyment out of your new investment. Focus yard spotlights towards a large cast stone fountain to create the perfect nighttime ambiance. You may also choose to go a step further by adding a full LED lighting system to your fountain. These units can give you the ability to add color to your water fountain and some come with apps to give you the maximum programmability with your product.

      Go Green

      Going green is another exciting option to consider when purchasing your water fountain. A small solar panel is enough to run most water features and you will save on electricity costs big time over the life of your water fountain. Solar power can also give you more flexibility in where to place your new water fountain as you will no longer need access to an electrical outlet.

      Matching Potters

      You can bring your entire yard décor together nicely through the use of matching planters. This will give your yard space a seamless and well-connected appeal that may not be obvious at first but undoubtedly will be picked up by those with more attention to your subtle décor. These small details are what can help to separate your yard from the average suburbanite and by keeping your motif; you are creating a more desirable atmosphere for your guests.

      Double Oblique With Ball Outdoor Water Fountain

      Double Oblique With Ball Outdoor Water Fountain

      Fogger

      Foggers are becoming more popular as the combination of a fogger with an LED lighting system can create a truly stunning yard space to be enjoyed by you and those you care about. Foggers work through the process of ultrasonic transduction.  

      An ultrasonic transducer vibrates rapidly causing water molecules to break apart into vapor. This vapor then settles as a thick cool fog. The proper placement of a fogger can have a dramatic effect on your décor and due to their inexpensive nature; this is one fountain accessory that has seen considerable adoption over the last year.

      Filtration

      A filtration system can be a great way to increase the life expectancy of your fountain. There are a variety of different types of water fountain filtration systems available to choose from. Bio balls are among the most popular as they use biomechanics to keep your water clean. You simply place the balls in the basin of your fountain and they will work to keep sludge and algae from forming and damaging your water pump.

      The Top Fountain Accessories for 2017

      Now that you know what fountain accessories are hot, you are ready to put together the relaxation zone of your dreams. The best part is you will have everything you need to keep your fountain running smooth and at top efficiency. Remember to stick to the tips in this guide and you are guaranteed to enjoy countless memories conversing with loved ones around your new water feature.

      • Catherine Sibi