Garden Water Feature Dreaming: Patio Fountain Wall
What's better than one garden water feature and 'garden dreaming' post on the blog? Certainly...You could say that: Two of those posts would be better. But, even better than two? That's right....three of said posts. Especially when they run in close proximity to each other...as it serves as a document of the evolution of my thinking on projects like this and allows me the ability to work in draft format in my garden diary.
First...I started this series with a look at some available stock tanks that could be used as ponds. Then, a few days ago, I posted about how I learned all about rills and what they are in the garden. Today, I'm posting about some further inspiration that I've come across that has appeal to me as a gardener. In terms of location, I'm talking about the patio-adjacent area to the north of our current patio. I posted some drawings and thoughts about doing a second Belgian Fence in this area. You can see the location here. I still think doing a Belgian Fence here is interesting, but I'm (now) revisiting what *else* belongs in this location.
When I was poking around the Web about Rills, I came across this photo from Cool Gardens that shows off a wall fountain that empties into a rill.
One of the things that I've been thinking about - in terms of a water feature - is that it needs to be located in a spot where we can 'take it in' from a place where we sit - like a patio. The photo above shows something interesting to me: a fountain - that empties into a rill. But, it also makes a retaining wall that allows for planting ON TOP of the fountain.
Could something like this fountain wall work CLOSER to our patio? And by 'closer', I mean...directly adjacent to our patio? See that spot I referenced in the 2nd Belgian Fence post? By putting a fountain wall like this in place, I *could* plant that Belgian Fence ON TOP of the wall - which would provide us with the screening/privacy that we want, right?
The example in the photo above seems to be about a 30" tall wall, right? Add a eight-foot-tall espalier to the top and we're talking an 11-foot tall screen. I should also pressure-test the idea of something like this being NOT right on the patio, but further away as something that draws you in further.
No matter where it goes....There does *seem* to be an order of operations problem that I need to unpack. This kind of project seems to tie together with a few other ones:
1. The 'entrance' to our backyard - including two retaining walls, slab stairs, more gravel. We solved the 'easy part' last year, but I think I need to tackle the retaining wall portion this season.
2. The 'beds' around our current patio - including a dividing of the patio into a 'garden room'. And using the notion of 'hide and reveal' to separate the garden from the patio.
3. My desire of a waterfall and bridges.
4. The home for vegetable gardening. Do we move it off of our patio and make it more permanent?