A Brief Look at Outdoor Water Features

When you say “outdoor water features”, what does it mean? Generally, this is going to describe any sort of fixture or item that uses water in the yard or garden in order to accent or enhance the area. Naturally, this means that fountains, sprinklers, “spitters”, and even rain chains can all qualify as outdoor water features.

Which of them will work best in a regular or traditional garden? That is a question that is impossible to answer because of the wide range of gardening styles and the equally wide range of outdoor water features available.

The way to know which will work best for any specific space is to first assess the space in terms of its general style. Is the yard or garden very formal? Is it more casual? Does it have an artistic quality to it? Is it used often for sports or activities? Does the gardener want to attract animals, insects and birds to the space?

Just this array of questions alone can make it pretty clear that there are a lot of factors behind the choice of outdoor water features. Once someone understands the general style of their garden or yard, they can then begin to think about the specific features of their fountains, sprinklers, or other features.

For instance, if they are electing to purchase a fountain, will it have a powerful jet of water, a gentle tinkling of water, or a spray that comes from a “spitter” or “sprinkler”. What will the water feature be made from? There are stone, slate, copper, ceramic, metal, and a large number of other materials from which a fountain might be constructed.

Another major consideration is if the outdoor water feature will have solar power options or will run strictly on an electrical supply. There are plenty of modern fountains that rely completely on the power of the sun to operate smoothly, and if a gardener is concerned about a power card in the yard, or simply doesn’t want to pay to operate the water feature, they should investigate the many opportunities for a solar water feature instead.

There is really almost no limit to what a gardener can do with the large number of water features available. The keys are to consider the garden style, the needs of the space, and the choice between solar and electric. After that, it is just necessary to try to narrow down the choices to one or two, which is usually the hardest part of the process!