The same is true of quantity. Too many objects of any size can easily overwhelm a small pond. A large pond can easily balance with and sustain a greater number of ornaments, however there is a such thing as too many, which take the focus off the pond altogether. You have to decide if it is the pond you want to embellished by the ornaments or is the pond there to create a setting for the ornaments.
Consideration of style is important too. A formal statue will look completely out of place near a ‘natural’ pond and a collection of cute critters will not seem appropriate for a formal pond. Beyond this, by choosing the right objects to ornament your pond you can embellish and enhance the overall effect. A natural pond can seem even more natural with a couple of well made pond-life objects or with attractive stones of the right size. The effect of a formal pond can be accentuated by classical statuary, whereas the effect of a natural pond could be well enhanced by some pagan, nymph-like or bacchanal sculpture well ensconced within a deep planting.
It helps too, if there is a consistency within the ornamentation. A natural pond, for example, with classical European as well as classical oriental ornament will never look right.
A European and a formal Oriental sculpture ornament this pond. Does it work? Without the classical sculptures, this would just be a rectangular pool. Westbury Gardens
A European and a formal Oriental sculpture ornament this pond. Does it work?
Without the classical sculptures, this would just be a rectangular pool.
Of course there are no real rules, only guidelines you can feel completely free to abandon. It’s your pond, and how you choose to ornament it should be based on what pleases you. If your idea of a great looking natural pond is a flock of pink plastic flamingos around a statue of David, then knock yourself out. You might want to ask your family's opinion first, though.
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