Do you fall asleep to the sound of rain or ocean waves? If so, you aren't alone. Science has proven that these sounds affect your brain in a way that helps you relax. Due to the relaxation benefits offered by the sound of water, it only makes sense that you would want to bring this into many aspects of your life and home - including the garden.
A great way to add the relaxing sounds of water to your garden is by installing garden fountains. However, if you want to avoid it standing out like a sore thumb, you may need a few ideas and inspiration.
If that's the case, you're in the right place. Keep reading to find some great ideas to help you decorate with garden fountains in your outdoor space.
Choose the Right Fountain
The first step in decorating with garden fountains is to find one that works with your space. To do this, you need to consider factors such as size, style, and cost. Take some time to consider what role you want the fountain to have.
For example, do you want it to be the focal point of your garden? If so, choosing a large, three-tiered option may be ideal. However, if you want a fountain to add a bit of ambiance and be heard, not seen, then choosing something smaller and more low-key is a better option.
Finding the right fountain is just the first step. The next step is to determine how you will implement it into your space. Some tips to help ensure the fountain "blends" well and looks great can be found here.
Adding Garden Fountains to Your Space: Enhance the Look with These Tips
A garden fountain offers a lovely addition to any outdoor space. However, to ensure it complements the other items present, you have to be creative. Some decorating tips to help you create the perfect garden fountain environment can be found here.
1. Add Some Colorful Flowers
Once you have selected a garden fountain and chosen where you want to put it, you need to make it look like it belongs. A great way to do this is by adding flowers to it. This can help give a monotone fountain a blast of vibrant colors.
When selecting flowers to go around your fountain, be sure you take a look at the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone you are in so you can increase the likelihood the flowers will survive. Also, think about how tall the flowers will be once they reach maturity. You don't want them being taller than the fountain - this may hide it from view.
It's smart to choose plants with flowers that will be the same shape as the fountain you have selected. For example, circular areas of flowers to compliment circular fountains.
2. Use Greenery
Greenery can help increase the natural look you are trying to create in your outdoor space. Consider using vining greenery at the base to act as a camouflage. Ivy works great for this.
Another greenery option to consider is mother-in-law's tongue. You can put this around a fountain with shorter flowers planted in front of the vine.
3. Spice Up Your Fountain with Herbs
Most fountains have a small amount of water that will splash out of them. You can take advantage of this by planting herbs around the base.
Sweet basil and lavender are two herbs that will thrive in this type of environment. Another benefit offered by growing herbs around your fountain is that may don't grow very tall. As a result, you can enhance the space with the herbs without hiding the fountain.
4. Create a "Healthy" Look with Vegetables
Consider planting vegetables or fruits that don't grow too tall at the base of the fountain. Some options to consider include squash, strawberries, blueberries, greens pumpkins, and broccoli.
These will not only be delicious when mature but can add a bit of functional color to your new fountain.
5. Add a Pathway
When you install a path, you can feel confident you will have access to your fountain all year long. If you live in an area where it usually snows, be sure to choose a material that will allow you to shovel off the surface, so you can always access your fountain.
6. Personalize Your Fountain Area
Garden gnomes are not only cute, but they can add a bit of personal flair to your fountain. You can even put them in the fountain if it's big enough.
Other tips to personalize the space include metal butterflies or other similar figurines.
7. Seating Nearby
Do you want to enjoy the fountain without having to "stand around?" If so, consider adding seating nearby. By adding a few benches, you can enjoy a book or just spend time outside.
For an even more relaxing benefit, consider a hammock. Wouldn't it be nice to take a nap next to your fountain?
8. Make Your Fountain Shine with Lighting
By adding specially designed fountain lighting, you can enjoy it any time of day or night. There are several options when it comes to fountain lighting.
You can choose white lights, single-colored lighting or multi-colored lighting. Be sure to consider the fountain's color and the accents nearby when choosing the lights, you want to install.
Once you have picked a color, decide the power source to use. The most popular options include solar-powered lights, battery operated lights, and wired lights.
Use Outdoor Water Fountains to Enhance Your Space
When it comes to garden fountains, there's no question that they can add quite a bit of appeal to your outdoor living space. Use the tips and ideas here to customize your garden fountain and make it the star of your backyard.
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