Water is one of the most integral parts of an outdoor environment, and there are many ways to make it work in your outdoor space. An outdoor fountain can be a focal point in your landscape like the Del Rey fountain below, or you can choose a gentle, soothing companion to your outdoor reading or meditation area like the Swirl fountain below.
Shape and size play an important role in how your outdoor fountain will sound. If the water falls across a spiller into a vessel below, it will generate greater sound. The longer the fall, the louder the water will be, those types of fountains are ideal for larger outdoor living areas. Also, keep in mind that with a large water drop, it is more likely that the stream may be interrupted by strong wind, pushing water away from the vessel and requiring the fountain to be refilled more frequently.
A glazed, ceramic vessel fountain can create a simple but stunning focal piece, especially when positioned so it can be viewed from an outdoor seating area or even from an interior window. Water spills over the top of the vessel into a basin that can be placed above or below ground. This type of fountain makes a very soothing sound and its perfect for smaller outdoor spaces or flower gardens.
Precast concrete is a durable material for fountains, available in a variety of patinas to customize it to your outdoor space.
Please keep in consideration that all ceramic and concrete fountains must be drained and covered in the winter months so they do not crack. Natural stone fountains don’t require to be covered, so you can enjoy your fountain as a piece of sculpture during the winter months.