Outdoor Living / October 5, 2018 / Eileen Traylor.
Today when we relax in our gardens, the soothing sounds of flowing water from a fountain can calm our soul. We, too, are drawn to the spiritual qualities as the gentle sounds of flowing water wash stress from our busy days, restoring and relaxing us.
This universal appeal is making fountains more popular with homeowners, especially as the effort to create personal outdoor spaces continues. Retailers are fueling this demand by offering a full range of fountain designs, which run the gamut from traditional to more modern Zen-inspired pieces.
“Our fountain category continues to grow,” says designer Peter C. Cilio, creative director of Campania International, one of the leading garden accessories purveyors in the country. “Customers want cast stone fountains, glazed, terracotta and even light-weight – all types of fountains to bring the sight and sound of water into the garden in an easy, low-maintenance way.”
“Water in the garden is an essential element,” agrees John Carloftis, a renowned garden designer. “Adding a fountain to your garden, even a small fountain is a great investment.” He recommends self-contained and easy-to-install fountains like the ones from Campania. They come complete with pump, tubing and all the necessary accessories.
Here are some simple guidelines from the experts that will help you choose the perfect fountain for your garden space.
What’s Your Style?
The most important consideration to keep in mind when choosing the right fountain is the overall style of your home and garden.
“People who love a beautiful garden are becoming more experienced and comfortable with their styles and tastes outside,” says Cilio. “Whether you have an urban, contemporary or country garden, the fountain should be compatible with your style and the aesthetics of your house and garden.”
With fountains ranging from traditional European designs to more modern Zen-inspired pieces, today’s selection of fountains appeals to the broadest of palates.
Carloftis reminds us to keep proportion in mind. “It is everything in the garden. Choose a fountain that will fit and feel good,” he says. “And if you go big, be sure to keep it simple.”
For a burst of bold color in the garden, new contemporary glazed fountains are the perfect solution. These fountains are available in a wide range of colors from vibrant reds and blues to earthy browns and greens. Glazed jar and sphere fountains from Campania can be paired with a round or square lightweight basin for below- or above-ground use.