Bamboo is one of the most popular materials for outdoor garden fountains. Not only are these Zen-style water fountains very naturally appealing, they are known to attract positive energy as well. If you are interested in transforming your garden into an oasis with Japanese flare, a bamboo garden water fountain is the right choice.
Types of Bamboo Garden Water Fountains
There are two basic types of bamboo water fountains. The traditional stationary bamboo fountain consists of multiple hollow bamboo chutes with one chute typically placed upright or angled along the edge of the fountain reservoir for water flow. The other type is the shishi-odoshi (or deer chaser) bamboo fountain. In this type of fountain, a hollow bamboo chute moves back and forth as water flows through it. This creates a melodic sound in addition to the calming sound of flowing water. It is called the deer chaser because it was originally intended to scare deer away from gardens with the sound of the moving chute. There are many shishi-odoshi bamboo garden water fountain designs, with the most common one consisting of two vertical bamboo chutes inserted into the ground, and a central bamboo stick sandwiched between these serving as the water tube.
Creating Your Own Bamboo Fountain
Bamboo garden water fountains are an elegant and natural way to enjoy the soothing sound of flowing water in your garden. While you can find these fountains complete with a pump, you can also add a pump and bamboo spout to any container to create your own bamboo garden water fountain. There are a number of bamboo spout kits available on the market. Some bamboo spout kits are quite simple while others incorporate several bamboo sticks and figurines. There are also bamboo water wheel accessories available. By adding an adjustable bamboo spout, the water wheel spins continuously, resulting in a very visual appealing fountain.
Bamboo spout kits also make it easy to incorporate multiple water fountains in your garden at a reasonable cost. This will allow you to choose different yet complementary designs, and enjoy an Asian theme throughout your garden.
Even your pond can have a Zen-like quality. Decorative bamboo spitters are a great choice for your pond. These bamboo spouts can be placed at the edge of a pond to create a beautiful natural bamboo garden water fountain as in traditional Japanese Zen gardens. Not only do pond spitters provide the soothing sounds of splashing water, they can also add oxygen in small ponds.