Formal Fountains for Small Gardens: Symmetry is Key

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 | One Comment

I’m not a particularly neat and tidy person, but I can definitely see the beauty in a formal water feature. Like formal garden design itself, a formal fountain is symmetrical, balanced and sophisticated.

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Even the placement of a formal water feature fits the symmetry of the overall garden design. In a formal garden, whatever is planted and placed on the left side is exactly the same on the right side.

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In the center of all that symmetry, you’ll find the water feature, doubling as a key focal point in the garden. When the formal fountain isn’t in the center of an outdoor space, it can be found at the end of a sight line or in the middle of wall.

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A sculptural element often sits within the fountain itself. And while the practice is pretty common, I prefer to stay away from the little boy peeing. Puleaasssee!

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Finally, the formal water feature doesn’t have to be large or complicated – it can be a simple pot with recirculating water. As long as you remember these three basics when adding a formal fountain to your garden, you’ll achieve success!:

  • Symmetry
  • Central focus
  • Balance

Ahhh, makes me almost want to organize my own space… Almost!

Jessy-Berg-Habitat-Design This article was written by Jessy Berg, professional landscape designer & co-founder of Habitat Design. Habitat Design provides full-service online landscape design planning for small and mid-sized gardens, & an online store of unique garden & home furnishings — all at an affordable price. Jessy believes that beautiful gardens should be accessible & affordable for everyone. Check out Habitat Design >

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1 Comment

  1. The Sage Butterfly
    February 22, 2012

    Excellent! One day I would like to have such a garden that appeals to the eye in such a formal and fascinating way. I have always enjoyed the lines of formal gardens and the fountains are splendid.


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