November 27, 2009, Newsletter Issue #143: Using Water Fountain Accessories for Landscaping Water Features

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When landscaping a garden feature, water fountain accessories add visual interest, enhance a garden theme, balance yin and yang and attract positive Feng Shui energy. Garden ornaments include both natural and manufactured objects. Rocks and stones, driftwood, sculptures, columns, urns, wind chimes, lanterns, sundials, birdhouses, candles and incense burners are all examples of garden ornaments.

Whether using natural objects or man-made ornaments, consider size and style. If a water feature is the focal point of the outdoor setting, accessories should complement, not compete with it. Ideas for using garden ornaments:

Statues bring life and personality to an outdoor setting. Choose a statue that complements the garden theme such as a serene seated Buddha for an Asian garden and an elegant heron or crane statue or fish spitter fountain beside a still garden pond for a nature-themed outdoor landscape. Columns and pillars, standing alone or as a base for a small statue, also add important vertical interest to a predominantly horizontal garden setting. Use natural stones in varying sizes and textures to create borders, edge garden ponds or introduce yang energy in a serene yin setting.Planters and garden pots serve a double duty for container gardening and as landscaping ornaments. Most gardeners recommend choosing pots that contrast with their plants. For instance, a neutral terracotta pot showcases bright blooms and a colored or patterned pot complements lush greenery. And, cast stone garden benches, available in a wide array of styles, shapes and colors, provide decorative seating for relaxing beside a water feature.

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