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Wall Fountains



Wall fountains are a fun way of creating water movement, particularly in small gardens where there is no room for a large pond.

Wall fountains also allow you to garden vertically and make use of available space.

Things To Consider


There are a few things you have to consider before you launch off:

Do you have a source of power nearby?

Power is needed to run the small circulating pump. And frankly unless the power source is hidden behind the fountain, it looks really ugly. Imagine an expensive wall fountain with a power cord tail hanging down to ruin the image.

Do not despair if you have a nearby power source and need to use a cord. You do have to disguise the cord - likely by using flower pots to hide the offending wire and bright flowers to attract the eye to the flowers (and missing the cord) Let me suggest you use upside down flower pots to raise your other pots to the necessary height. I routinely use small pots (3 small ones) under my larger pots to raise them up at different heights to create interest in the garden. You can easily copy this trick to hide the power cord.

Water


Wall fountains run on water (imagine that!) but you do not need to hook them up to a steady source.

You can fill them up with a watering can or indeed anything that holds water. The caution is that you want to check them daily. You’ll be amazed at the evaporation rates on hot days and the splashing of birds can take out a LOT of water if they’re using your water feature as their Olympic training pool.

The Wall


I can hear you asking, “What about the wall?” You need to ensure you use proper bolts and inserts so the weight of the wall unit and the water will not pull itself free from the wall and crash.

I note this always happens at 2am and scares the heck out of you.

Make sure it is secure, particularly if you have kids about that think that leaning on it to splash is part of their prerogative in living in the garden.

Design


Folks, it is really important to get a wall fountain that fits the rest of your garden. If you have a simple garden, a plain garden, then getting a wall unit with Victorian curls and prancing angels may not be in the most consistent with the rest of your garden. Plain is good in this case. If you have tons of other ornaments, then ask yourself if you need another one or would plain be better. If on the other hand, your garden is a blooming cottage garden, then perhaps you do need that Lion spitting unit.

Construction


There are two kinds of wall fountains on the market now that you might consider (other than the actual look of it). The one is a fiberglass unit that is cast and coloured to resemble iron or copper. The other is similar but it has actual iron or copper embedded in the resin so that it weathers to a patina of the metal involved. In the case of iron, it actually rusts to give you an ancient look within a matter of weeks. The copper cast units turn greenish as they weather. So you can purchase these units (on the Net or in better garden shops) that will weather as if they were metal. Or you can purchase the coloured versions and they will remain the color of purchase (or fade a little over the years if in sunlight).

In summary, these modern wall fountains are pretty carefree and are a quick way to get moving water in your garden. Just make sure they are consistent with your garden design, are hung properly and have the “look” you want.








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