Fountains In The Garden
Close your eyes as you walk through a garden. Every little sound you hear seems more pronounced. Now imagine the sound of water. Is it the gentle trickle from a small ornate fountain tucked in a corner, or the splashing of a waterfall that is the focal point of the garden?
Water has been one of the major elements of the garden since the beginning of gardens. I would bet that the Garden of Eden had water features in it: streams, falls, pools. I’m sure Adam and Eve enjoyed these eliminates as much as we do today.
But today our gardens are usually small compact areas. Here, we strive to create an oasis to enjoy and relax in. As a result, the water features we use have had to become smaller. Thankfully, there is a wide variety of fountains in sizes and styles that will meet almost every need. Great works of art have inspired makers of fountains into combining statues with water. Beautiful containers have become fountains with a simple addition of a bubbler added to it after the drainage hole is plugged.
Nature provides great inspiration for the style of a fountain. It is not uncommon to see a fountain with birds, forest animals or fish as the main focal point. Fountains can also create a meditative area, the style of the fountain reflecting a simplistic viewpoint.
Yes, I think I can speak for most of us; we enjoy the addition of water to our gardens. But for every pro there can be a con, and this is no exception. Smaller fountains tend to have a water evaporation problem and if the water gets too low, then the pump can burn itself out. Even larger fountains and waterfalls can have problems; too shady of an area and you can find your water feature is more of a spot for algae to grow and leaves to collect in.
But do not give up on your fountain, they are worth the effort you put into them. And if you find they are just too much work–well they make terrific planters too!
This blog is a response from a one word challenge I sent out to my readers. Send me one word and see if I can create a gardening blog from it. This Blog’s word was Fountain, from Marie. Thanks Marie! Join in the fun and send me your word, too.