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Adding a Water Fountain to Your Vancouver Garden

Categories: Landscape Design, Water Features | December 21, 2017

At Vandenberg’s Landscape Design, we know that choosing a fountain for your backyard landscaping can be a difficult decision because it is not always easy to determine the best type for your specific space. If you are thinking about adding a water fountain to your Vancouver garden, here are some of the different types to choose from.

Different Types of Water Fountains

When it comes to water features, fountains are some of the most versatile because they are available in a wide range of styles and materials that are perfect for a variety of different landscape designs. The key to choosing the right type of fountain for a particular space depends on the size of the yard and the existing landscape features that the fountain will need to blend with. Some of the different types of fountains include:

Spouting Fountains

Spouting fountains tend to add the most striking effect to a space because they are designed to spray water up into the air. This type of fountain can easily be added to an existing water feature, such as a pond or swimming pool. Spouting fountains can also be paired with a stature, creating the effect of water spraying from a specific spot on the statue or in a specific pattern. If you do not have an existing water feature that you would like to add a spouting fountain to, this type of fountain also comes in self-contained units that only need to be plugged in to create an instant focal point.

Cascading Fountains

Cascading fountains offer a subtler touch. Instead of using a pipe to spray water, the fountain works by using multiple levels to create a gentle overflow from one level to the next. This type of fountain is usually self-contained, making it easy to add to the backyard landscaping without having to hire a plumber.

Pondless Fountains

Pondless fountains do not require as much maintenance as other types of fountains, and they can easily be installed in smaller areas. This is because, unlike with spouting or cascading fountains, pondless fountains draw water from an underground reservoir. The fountain base is often made from a non-traditional structure (boulder, column, urn, etc.), which is placed on a bed of river rocks or gravel to allow the water to drain through to the reservoir below. Pondless fountains tend to have a subtle, contemporary look, and are perfect for both front yard landscaping and backyard landscaping.

Wall Fountains

Wall fountains are a smart choice for landscape design in small areas because they do not require as much space as other types of fountains. Wall fountains come in a variety of styles including a freestanding style with a flat back and attached basin or a wall-mounted style that is completely self-contained. If you are thinking about adding a wall fountain to an existing wall, it is important to add a fountain mask to the wall and basin below.

If you would like to learn more about adding a water fountain to your Vancouver garden, or if you are interested in one of landscaping services, please contact Vandenberg’s Landscape Design at 604-866-3023 or by filling out a contact form on our website. We are a Vancouver landscaping company that is proud to serve customers living from Vancouver to Abbotsford.


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