Should I Put A Zen Fountain In My Garden?

Achieve ultimate serenity with this accessory

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We all want calming spaces, and one spot that we want to be exactly like that is the garden. And why won't you feel relaxed? You have lush greens surrounding you, beautiful flowers, and more elements that can enhance the experience. A zen fountain can also add to the serene ambiance. Landscape architect Erick Yambao, who is also the founder of landscape architectural group Plöntur, shares some tips on what zen fountains can do to your outdoor space and some guidelines in placing one: 

1. A zen fountain makes for a great focal point in your garden. 

"You can use it as a visual element to draw attention, attract the viewer, and use it as an invitation to use the garden, lanai or any other area that you have outside your house."

2. It can help create a serene space. 

"Water can help add a sense of calm and peace in an area. And in Metro Manila, every bit of space where you can add greens, water, and landscaping is important. The impact, although intangible sometimes, is really huge."

3. Let your zen garden—and your outdoor space in general—connect with the style of your interiors. 

"If you have a modern home, consider using a fountain with simple lines. If you have a Filipino or Japanese themed home, a zen fountain with bamboo elements would work well in your space."

4. Make your zen fountain proportional to your outdoor space. 

"Define the area where you want the water element to be seen. If you have a big outdoor space, don't use a small tabletop fountain. Pick a spot where it would be seen from a preferred point of view from your house, and compare the size with the rest of the elements in that space."

5. Prevent accidents by putting your zen fountain in a safe spot. 

"If you are getting a big zen fountain, put it in an isolated spot and surround it with smaller pots so water droplets and splashes get absorbed by the plants. You can also add artificial lawn or outdoor mat or carpet to define the area. This also helps prevent children from slipping around the area. If that doesn't work, you may also opt to put your [zen fountain] on top of a pedestal so that kids won't be able to reach it. Just make sure that the pedestal is heavy and sturdy enough to hold the fountain."

6. Looking for a zen fountain? Head to White Plains in Quezon City or Market! Market! in Taguig City

 "There are some shops along Katipunan Ave. Ext., White Plains, Quezon City that sell concrete zen fountains. They can also customize the size, shape, and color but you will have to wait for a while for production. Flower shops in Market! Market! in Taguig also sell high-end fountains made of natural stones."

7. You can also create your own zen fountain. 

 "If you still can't find the right zen fountain for your house, you can always DIY it! All you need is a small pump, tray, and bowl to let the water circulate. Add other elements to your fountain like stones, bamboos, greens, among others. Search how-to videos on Youtube to help you with your first zen fountain. [You can also] browse through Pinterest for inspiration. Click here to see how to make a zen fountain. 

For more details, visit Plöntur's website and Instagram page

PHOTOS: Stoney |

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