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How To Choose An Outdoor Fountain

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Fountains instantly transform a garden into a lush oasis. Fountains add ambiance to your garden with the everchanging visual element and the melodic sound of flowing water. But you can't place any fountain in any spot. Consider the style, material, and location of your new water feature before making a purchase.

What Are the Different Types of Fountains?

A fountain, in its most basic form, is an outdoor element that uses water. There are quite a few ways that this landscape feature can utilize the water – raining, bubbling, and cascading, amongst others. To choose the best outdoor fountain for your space, consider how you want the water to move and how this impacts the ambiance.

Running

Sheets of water run down a smooth surface, like the side of an urn, into a reservoir that holds a water pump. The sound of this fountain is like a running hose. Adding something textured to the surface will result in a trickling sound. Splash is minimal, but water evaporates quickly, so you will need to refill it often.

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Raining

Droplets fall like a watery curtain from a tall element into a reservoir, which can be pondless, like a layer of pebbles. This fountain sounds like a storm, and the taller the fountain, the stronger the rainstorm. Depending on the height, this splash perimeter is small to medium.

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Bubbling

Set into a basin filled with water, a bubbler creates an interesting visual by disrupting the surface of the water, but not creating a lot of sound. This fountain is attractive to birds and butterflies. Bubbling fountains don't create a splash, and they lose very little water.

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Cascading

Water spills from a top pool and tumbles down tiers. This is the most classic of the outdoor fountain styles and creates a lovely, multi-tonal sound due to water hitting different surfaces. It is excellent for concealing unwanted noise. The fountain loses a lot of water, and the multiple tiers cause a significant amount of splash.

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Pouring

Streams of water gush from one level to the next, collecting into open pools or containers. The water leapfrogs down, creating a pouring sound that some people find soothing. The multiple streams of water are vulnerable to gusts of wind, making water level upkeep a chore.

When you're thinking about the type you want, consider the placement of the fountain. If the location is in a windy area, choose a fountain with fewer water streams, like a bubbling one. If you live close to a highway or busy road, choose one of the louder fountains, to disguise the noise.

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What Style Fountain Should I Get?

As a general guideline, you should contemplate the style of your house. Is it a country cottage or a modern minimalist abode? Does this style also carry over to your garden space?

Fountains can be modern, classic, or casual, but consider how cohesive its style is to the rest of your home.

What Material Should the Fountain Be?

Along with style, you need to choose your fountain's material. The construction of the fountain can determine the location, customizations, and durability.

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Where Should I Put the Fountain?

It is essential to balance the size and shape of the fountain with the form of your garden. You can use your fountain as an accent, a centerpiece, or a destination.

An outdoor fountain can make your garden into an oasis. The gentle splashing and tinkling of water will soothe your nerves and transport you away from modern life. To buy a fountain that suits your garden and style, consider the type of fountain, material, and placement.