It's presence is as natural and undisputed as that of sunlight and fresh air - it's there at your leaky hose bib, in ephemeral footprints by the pool, in the birdbath, in the very air around us (thank you, Maryland humidity!) And as the mercury rises water becomes our refuge and ally - it's brightly reflective surface dances with light in defiance of the sun's heat, and the sound of its bouncing drops making their way to some cool basin is often enough to whet if not our bodies than our minds. And what better way to gain admittance to this solace than by adding a water feature to your garden? Today I'll run you through the basics of selecting and caring for your own backyard oasis - it's easier than you may think!
|Dreamy water features...|
|Free standing fountains from Campania International|
|Can you imagine having something like this in your garden?! Magical...|
|Fountains and features both whimsical and classic|
|Just gorgeous...loose formality and the focal point of the stunning fountain really tie the disparate textures and elements together here|
And that, my friends, is the basic run-down on fountains and their care! It's very do-able, depending of course on how complex your feature is. If you've ever visited our store, I'm sure you know we are all about making life easier and more enjoyable at once, so naturally we advocate the freestanding style of fountain. That's not to say, however, that in my dream garden I wouldn't head straight for, say, the piano waterfall option! I hope you both learned something and got a little inspired (for more photos, as well as the sources for those featured in this post, visit our Water board on Pinterest) - thanks for reading!
If you're thinking of adding a water feature to your garden or patio, allow me to suggest some helpful links:
Campania International - we have been carrying cast stone statuary, urns, birdbaths and fountains from this company since our opening in 1999 and they are an excellent source for garden ornament. They also provide fountain covers and replacement pumps.
Lilypons Water Gardens - Lilypons has been in the water gardening business since 1917 in Frederick, and are THE place to go for pond supplies and aquatic plants. If you are considering a larger, more permanent water feature they are worth a visit!
The Dutch Plant Farm - Another local source for fountains, just down the street from us. I believe they also carry algaecides (which we, unfortunately, no longer do!)