There are many factors to consider when planning the installation of your garden fountain. Here's a few tips we've learned along the way.
Our number one Tip:
• Select a location first!
• Now choose a pot that suits it in style and size.
• You may want to place it somewhere it can mask street noise.
• Or choose a location that will provide water music for your patio.
• Is there a place it can be seen and heard indoors and out?
Are you going for a formal design?
• In formal gardens, fountains are often placed in central locations.
• This allows them to serve as focal points.
• Use this tip to cultivate a more stately ambiance.
Want a more casual feel?
• Tuck your fountain into a corner or place along a garden path.
• Informal designs mimic nature and use less symmetry.
Maintenance: Consider location options that will make the fountain easier to maintain:
• Near a source of electricity for running the pump.
Proximity to plants that drop leaves, making it difficult to keep clean.
• Large fountains make great focal points and a small fountains accent well.
• A fountain should never be taller than 1/3 the height of your home, says Scott Calhoun, author of The Hot Garden.
• A fountain that's deep and narrow will conserve water with less evaporation.
Glazed vs Unglazed:
• Glazed pots are easy to clean and attract less allege.
• We do not recommend Lite Weight Collection for fountains.
• Basins are round or square and in a variety of sizes.
• A good rule of thumb: a basin should be wider than your pot.
• Square will hold more water than round, so fewer refills.
• Pump choice depends on the rate of flow you’re after.
• Bubbling needs a stronger pump, and smaller-mouthed pots will help too.
• The higher the pot, the higher you have to lift the water, the larger the pump will need to be.
Final Thought: The addition of a fountain should be curing headaches, not causing them. An Anamese fountain can transform any space and bring a little bit of paradise to the backyard.
P i c k s
Location is a fluid affair. We love the idea of our Adobe Jar in Swamp glistening at the center of a green lawn. As a centerpiece this fountain balances and formalizes.
A personal favorite, the Shangri La Jar
in Malachite, has dramatic lines and dreamy marine tones that bring us back to beach bungalows and the flicker of light on ocean stones.
This Kos Jar in Saffron Sky occupies a corner of the house where it can be seen from large kitchen windows inside. This jar makes such a statement that foliage isn't needed.
Also in Saffron sky, the Zeus Jar has a wide mouth that invites one to peer into its deep, serene well, as water trickles over its romantic handles and bass relief.
This Giant Coil Planter
in Aqua is perfectly suited to create soothing sounds as water cascades down its beautifully glazed coils.
With its sharp vertical lines and a lofty stature, the Tall Starfruit cuts an impressive yet organic profile against foliage.
Take a peek at our fountain installation video to get a feel for the process.
Also, our friends at Nelson Water Gardens and Nursery have step-by-step directions that are very helpful when the day comes.