This is a good example of a home-made fountain using artificial rocks, which you can also make yourself if you like to watch your pennies while still enjoying a peaceful, refreshing waterfall.

Garden_Fountains are without question, the ultimate experience in garden decor. Anytime you think of a world-class garden that has impressed you, it almost certainly will include some sort of garden fountain or other water element.

Porticos at elegant homes often have tabletop and wall water outdoor fountains as a major element in their garden decor.

Whether it is in Italy, Japan, Spain or other countries, everyone around the world understands that beautiful fountains create a place of relaxation and meditation. Not only is a garden fountain visually relaxing, but every bit as important, if not more so .... calming and soothing to the ear. Nothing accomplishes that more than water in motion.

The Japanese, especially, seem to have a deep understanding of how important water fountains are because they blend them so magically with the calm of their beautiful and serene gardens. Their gardens and fountains immediately bring to mind Koi ponds and the fascinating art of Feng Shui.

Below is a great example of how the many types of garden fountains can make the difference between 'just a beautiful garden' and one that is truly spectacular.

Here's a great video that includes several examples of fountains and ponds for residential landscapes.

Fountain Designs and Materials

The types of Garden_Fountains today are almost endless. They include every material and every design imaginable. From indoor to outdoor fountains, floor to wall, tabletop fountain to pedestal; you will find them in virtually every natural and man-made substance known to man. Some of the most popular are natural stone, brass, copper, etched glass, slate and stainless steel.

If you have a large estate or lot, there are some especially beautiful water fountains for ponds and lakes. On smaller lots, garden_fountains can also be very attractive around swimming pools or koi ponds.

Something new to me and absolutely charming and a deritive of a garden_fountain is a "rain chain". You add them to your gutter system and they become linked funnels that channel the rain gently from the roof to the ground, sparkling and bubbling as it flows.

For small spaces such as a courtyard or small patio, wall fountains are perfect and very attractive for a wall that would otherwise be stark and unviting.

A favorite of mine are small pedestal-type garden_fountains made of either mosaic tiles or beautifully patterned ceramic. They can bring a delightful and unexpected burst of color and fun to an otherwise rather mundane rock or ground cover garden.

How to Choose the Right Style
of Garden Fountain

Stainless, slate, or maybe a fountain sculpture that can double as a piece of art would all work well in a contemporary setting. Cascading, flat wall or free-standing fountains of a very simple "tablet" design are also naturals for contemporary homes.
Smart Garden 46200 Cascadia Falls Electric Corner Fountain with LEDs

The Escala Fountain
Equator Outdoor Garden Water Fountain
Art Fountain
Square Fountain
Flemish Fountain

Eclectic (combines several styles and bold colors)
Copper and granite garden-fountains would make very good choices for a sophisticated home of mixed styles. Mosaic is also charming in this type of setting.
Bond Y98905 Lazy Days II 27.5 inch Rustic Western Fountain
Smart Solar 21372R01 Ceramic Solar Koi Fountain, Blue Glazed Finish
Luna Fountain
Regal Tower Fountain
Pina Cascada Fountain
Barcelona Fountain
Amphura Fountain

Asian(Feng Shui)
Stone, bamboo, ceramic, slate would all look great, and there are many specific styles for Asian designs that will perfectly complete the exotic look and feel of your fountain and landscape.
Bond Y98881 Ashboro 33 inch Zen Fountain
Kyoto Solar Cascading Fountain Kit
Asian Temple Water Fountain
Large Moonshadow Tabletop Fountain

Classic, Traditional Style Fountains
Traditional fountains of stone or resin are great for traditional homes. Tiered or wall fountains with scroll work or 18th century style designs with lions or gargoyles for example, look really great with traditional homes. Greek mythology or Italian themes are also perfect.
Beckett 7129310 Catching Fish Fountain
Malibu Creations Lion's Head Courtyard Fountain
37.5" Greek Hebe Goddess of Youth Garden Fountain Statue Sculpture Figurine
Winding Vine Wall Fountain

No matter what your budget, what your style, or what your space, nothing says style, sophistication and serenity more than garden-fountains.

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by Marcus Peterson

Gardens, by themselves are places of relaxation. The colorful flowers in bloom and the green foliage inspire meditation and calmness for the mind. But no garden is complete without a fountain. Water, as the source of life of the garden is presented in full glory and beauty by water fountains.

The sound of water not only brings tranquility by drowning out the other ambient noises like the sound of traffic, but also adds character to the garden. Every garden, large or small, has to have just the right kind of fountain.

Garden_fountains can come in many sizes, kinds, and designs. Examples of garden fountains are the wall fountains and the pond fountains. The wall fountains are basin-like fountains that have low sprays and are so named because they are attached to walls. Small gardens often use wall fountains because they don’t take a lot of space.

Bigger gardens, like those found within public parks have pond fountains. Some are literally as large as a pond. These are usually wired and mechanically programmed to exhibit different patterns of water sprays and are lighted to add more attraction and enhance the drama of their display.

But no matter the size of your garden, installing a garden_fountain will always have its rewards. Not only will they add to the tranquility and beauty of the garden, they will also attract small birds to come bathe in your garden.

Garden fountains can be made from different materials but the best are ceramic and concrete. To enhance their looks, they may be carved with sculptures and given a sandstone finish. When installing one, make sure your contractor knows everything about the fountain, from wiring to drainage, and that he uses only materials that can withstand wear and tear for the longest time. Consider also the amount of effort required to maintain the structure.

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