Submitted by: Jon Kilminster
Of all the things that make up a garden, a fountain is one of the most pleasing. Whether it a hot summer day or a cool autumn night, the sound of water is one of the finest things to engender a feeling of calm and peace.
There’s something about the sound which speaks to something deep in us. Any garden can benefit from having a fountain. It’s one of the most enduring and alluring parts of any well-designed and planned garden.
Fountains have a rich history, and have been a feature of parks and cities for centuries. So bringing a fountain into your garden or your home, not only brings tranquility, but also a sense of history.
Traditionally, a fountain was a simple construction, where water came from a source to fill a basin. The basin overflowed and the water then drained away. But times have changed, and so have the type of fountains available.
A fogger (or mister as they can be known) create misty effects round the fountain. Sometimes they are sold as a single unit, and sometimes sold on floats of up to 9 units. The single units are the right size for small fountains but usually are too small for a pond. Ultrasonic misters create a low level fog that fills in the area surrounding it.
And the types of materials used is growing too. With the ability to purchase a pre-designed fountain for the interior that mimic commercial copper, tempered and glass wall fountains, you can benefit from the tranquility of water flow in a work of art!
If you hire an interior decorator, they may choose to have a specially designed, custom-built wall fountain: something unique. However, with many do-it-yourself homeowners and business owners, a more affordable option is to take a look at what pre-designed interior (exterior, too) fountains are available.
And don’t forget a fountain for indoors. With unlimited possibilities available, table top fountains can add understated beauty or grandeur to any room in your house. Fountains are a worthy investment even for those who hesitate to spend money on aesthetics.
Beyond eye-catching appeal, you’ll find that fountains have practical health benefits.
Cascading water reduces stress by bringing a sense of tranquility into a room as it engages the senses sight, sound, and even smell. Research has shown that moving water can improve air quality by cleansing the room of dust particles and working as a humidifier.
One of the most common features of a fountain, if there is enough pressure, is a jet or multiple jets, where water is forced into the air under pressure to some height. This is among the more expensive options for a home fountain.
Early Modern English employed fountain to refer to a natural spring water or source, which the 16th century garden fountain might consciously imitate in a grotto.
But which fountain should you choose? There are many different types on the market and the type of fountain you choose will have a dramatic effect on the atmosphere of your garden.
Take your time to think of the effect you want to create. Tranquil or lively. Then choose a fountain type for the mood you want to create. Just remember that a fountain will add a wonderful effect for your garden, whichever you choose.
About the Author: Jon Kilminster writes about the home. His website
gives advice on how to choose the best fountain for your garden or home.