Water is one of the four essential elements – along with earth, air, and fire – but it’s often overlooked in our garden spaces. It shouldn’t be so, even the simplest water fountain adds much to a landscape. The sound of water splashing and gurgling pleases our senses and makes us feel relaxed. And running water has the power to reduce or even eliminate unpleasant noises, road traffic, for example. The sight of sky and trees reflected in a classic water bowl creates tranquility. Fountains come in so many sizes and styles, there’s no reason not to have one in your outdoor living space. Many fountains can be purchased as a package, with pump and low voltage wiring, so all you need is proximity to a power source. Just fill, plug in and presto! Instant atmosphere. From a simple light reflective bowl to a multi-tiered masterpiece, a water fountain is a sculptural element that looks good to the eye while providing music to the ear.
A small water bowl creates a delicate accent in a lush blanket of hostas.
Ornamental boulders fitted with water bubblers bring this winter garden to life amid crocus and snowdrops. A surprising touch of whimsy.
The simple beauty of this four-tiered fountain is stunning in combination with the plain Georgian style architecture of the house in the background.