Garden water features add a cool, lush look and feel to a garden. Water and the sound of running water are natural triggers that immediately cause the mind and body to relax. This is one of the main reasons why many people are choosing to create an inviting environment outside their home, so that relaxation therapy begins even before entering the home.
The sound of running water has been shown to reduce stress levels as well as function as ‘white noise’ to blot out undesirable sounds. This last benefit is especially desirable in urban areas where often yards and patios are close to neighbours and busy roads.
Water fountains for gardens are a way to significantly increase your enjoyment of your garden space. As an added benefit to a patio, deck or garden, a water fountain also releases a small amount of moisture into the air through evaporation. This evaporation physically cools the area around the fountain and provides surface moisture to nearby plants.
Natural Water Features
Adding a water feature to your garden is one of the easiest ways to give it a new look and add some extra movement and visual interest. Garden water fountains can fit into even the smallest outdoor spaces and are a great way to make your garden more relaxing.
The sound of running water is soothing and calming and really increases the natural feeling, however big or small your garden.
Water features can be as simple as a small bird bath or fish pond or can be an elaborate ornate fountain.
Water features can either look very natural or can be sleek and modern for a more dramatic effect. Having a rock-like finish can blend with any garden. For large gardens, fountains work really well. These can either be ornamental or made to look like a natural waterfall or stream. Combining a running water fountain with a pond containing ornamental fish gives an attractive and relaxing effect.
Solar Garden Fountains
The sun can do much more than make your flowers and plants grow in your garden. It can also provide power to a fountain. Designed for simplicity and effectiveness, a solar garden fountain is a version of the traditional fountain that is powered by the sun. These solar powered garden fountains operate from the sun’s power and require no electricity. No power lines and cables make them safer for the kids and pets. Since they don’t use on-grid electricity you never have to worry about running up your utility bills.
Solar powered fountains are definitely gaining in popularity due to their ease and self sufficiency.
If you have a small pond in your garden, consider adding a geyser-style pump to the centre of it. The various water jets shooting into the air and the droplets hitting the water adds a light sound of rain that’s very relaxing.
Adding a pond to your garden will also give you the opportunity to grow aquatic plants and these will attract frogs, butterflies and other wildlife. This is a fun and easy way to create a realistic nature corner in your garden which is interesting and children will love.
Indoor Water Features
If you don’t have a small outdoor space, then you may want to consider an indoor water feature. These are especially designed to be used within the home and the sound and movement of the water is very relaxing. You may want to use one in your hallway as an impressive entrance for visitors.