Just like our homes, our gardens reflect who we are. From the flowers, herbs and shrubbery we select, to the lighting and decorations, our gardens are an outdoor room that fits our personal style.
Whether you have a tranquil Zen retreat, an elegant, rose-filled oasis or a casual country backyard, decorations such as fountains and statuary are an important part of any design. They create a focus for your garden and set the tone for the rest of the space. Whatever your style, there is a fountain or other accent piece to match your décor.
Although many of us are familiar with the classical-style fountains found outside museums and public buildings, there are a lot of other options available on a smaller scale. You can find fountains in all kinds of styles, and they are surprisingly affordable, says Larrisa Gleason of the Beckett Corporation, a water gardening products manufacturer. You can get an elegant, beautifully designed fountain for under $200, she adds.
Gleason suggests that when choosing a fountain, you first consider your decorative theme. For a simple, uncomplicated garden, a birdbath may be just the thing to use as a focal point. Birdbaths attract birds to your garden without fail, since they serve as a valuable, refreshing place to play and drink.
For an elegant centerpiece for your garden, consider a decorative pool similar to those found in English gardens. Beckett makes beautifully crafted designs enhanced with hand cut, inlaid stained glass that will not fade and small whimsical figures that camouflage the pump re-circulating water.
Create a whole different mood with a Flower Bed fountain, which gives the illusion of water gently gurgling up from underground. Choose Enchanted Fairies for a classical look, the Bamboo Cascade for an Asian-influenced design or the Pump and Bucket for a vintage touch. The perfect size for a patio, balcony, flowerbed or garden landscape, these versatile fountains can be easily moved to any spot.
For a more contemporary look, try a Flower Pot Fountain. Either decorated with a sun design, lion head or a bamboo spout or clacker, they make a great accessory for transforming an ordinary pot. This is a great option for a windowsill or smaller garden that may be overwhelmed by larger accents.
Becketts entire line of fountains is made from polyresin, a man-made material that has the look and feel of concrete, but is much more lightweight (materials made with it can be picked up and moved from place to place with ease). Unlike their more expensive counterparts, polyresin fountains dont chip, and they can stand temperature fluctuations without cracking. As a result, they are just as popular in Minnesota as in Florida, says Gleason.
For more information about Beckett Garden Accents, visit www.888beckett.com or call (888) BECKETT. Beckett Garden Accents are also available at The Home Depot, local home improvement and independent lawn and garden stores nationwide.
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