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|How To Make Outdoor Water Feature Pots For Your Garden|
Making outdoor water feature pots for your garden is a beautiful way to accent your area. There are so many different garden pots available that you can find these in practically any size, shape and color imaginable. Additionally, the many garden centers and nurseries nationwide make finding these items very easy in stock and at competitive prices, much easier then finding specialized fountain products would be.
Traditional Flower Pots As Water Features
Traditional flower pots, with sides that slope outward slightly, have been used in gardens since Roman times. Until recently, this type of pot was always made out of terra cotta, a porous fired red clay. Decorative, glazed ceramic pots, often from the Far East, Italy, and Spain, are now widely available. They come in a beautiful range of colors that fit well into a garden and make excellent water features as the sunlight glistens off the water and shiny glaze. Recently, plastic pots have become widely used and they have the advantage of being frost proof and are less expensive then terra cotta or glazed pots.
Garden Water Feature Pot Collections
Small pots can be filled with water and arranged in a group to make unique water features that look stunning on a patio or garden terrace. This grouping can be made more effective using different sizes pots and shapes and mixing and matching colors and materials can be a fun hobby as you add water to your garden. Stone, re-constituted stone and terra cotta all look great side-by-side. More unusual is a mixture of glazed ceramic pots, well-designed plastic, or fiberglass containers in sympathetic colors, and metal pots with subtle sheens which can complement each other, giving a sophisticated look.
Placing Water Feature Pots Along Garden Paths
Paved areas call for container water features. and garden paths are no exception. Make sure the path is wide enough to leave room for the containers and anyone wishing to walk down it. This will prevent the water vessels from being knocked over. Another good reason for placing container water features on a path is to slow any wanderers down on their journey and make them appreciate what lies along the way. It is all too easy to use a path simply as a means of getting from one point to another. Water features will slow you down as you pause to smell some fragrant leaves or behold your reflection in a pool of water or appreciate how the surrounding trees and plants sparkle off the water. Interestingly, if you line a pathway with two rows of identical water pots on both sides it will become a quick walkway again.
Material and Surface Considerations For Outdoor Water Feature Pots
Certain types of materials work especially well on certain surfaces. Terra cotta is a natural choice for paths that are made from flagstones, bricks, or gravel. Reconstituted stone that has aged is also in keeping. Wooden containers such as Versailles tubs, look particularly good against gravel, and the more rustic wooden barrels fit in perfectly with a bark path. When you position your water pots, bear in mind where the light is going to fall on the path, and site them so that the sun shines through the leaves onto the water, creating dramatic or interesting shadows.
Choosing To Use Water Feature Pots In Your Garden
Most places in the garden are improved by a well located and appropriate sized water feature. Give priority to sites that are constantly in view or near the house, near doorways where they let positive Chi enter, or other areas where they can be viewed and enjoyed and filled easily as needed with fresh clean water. Front doors often have steps leading up to them and these are excellent places to put water feature vessels in a tiered array. If you are fortunate enough to have a porch, deck or veranda running alongside your house, this makes a perfect place for a grouping or assortment of water vessels.
It is also a pleasant surprise to come across a water feature unexpectedly while wandering in a garden. To turn a corner and behold your reflection in a pool can be mysterious and delightful. If you have a bench nearby in which to sit and contemplate these are excellent areas to meditate and contemplate life in privacy and serenity.
Make sure a water source or tap is never too far away from your water features. This will make refilling the pots easy without having to carry heavy containers of water through your garden. Fresh clean water would be preferred in most cases since water vessels are non-running and contain still water. Stale, water, debris, and falling leaves, though not dangerous in themselves, can build up in such vessels making the feature not as beneficial and aesthetic as it once was. In addition, clean water has a young positive quality to fit that uplifts the spirit and washes away old forgotten energy that may become stuck in dark corners of your garden.
Urns And Jars
Urns are among the most beautiful of all containers. By definition they can be any large vessel or jar, but they are usually grand containers with open, flaring or bulbous top sections balanced on feet or base columns. Originally, they were made to hold the ashes of the dead and they had a lid, but they can also be used as water vessels. Urns also have the benefit of usually coming without a drainage hole in the bottom since they are not typically used for planting. Urns can be made from stone, lead, cast iron, or terra cotta and are traditionally extremely decorative with swagging, fluting and elaborately carved handles.
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