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Garden Water Fountains For Idiots

Updated on August 25, 2015

Are You a keen Gardener?

Have you always pictured yourself seated next to a beautiful water fountain with cherubs and spouting water works on you wedding day with a beautiful rainbow over your shoulder? Okay, we can’t tell you how to work out the rainbow thing…but a beautiful water fountain in your garden is certainly achievable.

Water fountains can be very feng shui. Those of you more ‘in touch’ with your psychic side and astrology will know that water is associated with prosperity. Having a water fountain in your yard may just tip you over that edge into a pool of prosperity. Getting there can be as simple as calling a landscaping company who does hardscape and telling them what sort of design you have in mind or as complicated as designing, planning and building the whole thing yourself.

Just like anything else associated with your garden, water fountains can be as inexpensive or expensive as you can afford. You can install a simple system with a small pump for $50 or less. An expensive water fountain can be just like any work of art…expensive as the designer or artist desires.

Small wall-mounted garden fountain

Simpler water fountains can be either a simple fountain designed to create a nice, soothing sound or a pond with fish and/or live plants or an artistic structure created by a contracted artist and an experienced landscaper.

For the water fountain without fish and plants, you will want to start, like everything else associated with gardens, with the pen and paper planning stage. Draw out what you think you might want, consider sizes and resources that may already be available, like water lines for sprinklers or irrigation, rock structures, or other permanent structures that may help create the fountain of your dreams.

Once you have designed it, now it’s off to the home improvement store. You will need the materials you want as the design work (rocks, sometimes clay pots—used as either base or part of the design and cement statuary, etc). You will also need the base of the pool and the pump for water.

small pond fountain water feature

vertical high-spout garden fountain

The spot you choose for your fountain should be reasonably free of large tree roots or other organic debris that will make digging out for your pond more difficult. In most zones of the United States, keeping gold fish or koi will require a pond of at least two feet deep. Even if you don’t plan now on keeping fish, you may want to consider their needs just in case you change your mind in the future.

Dig out your space according to the pond liner. If you are using a soft pond liner, you can be a bit less precise. Place the rubber underliner in the hole and then the pond liner. Use rock or other sturdy and permanent products to secure and anchor the liner. Install the pumps and other equipment associated with fountain you have chosen. You should receive plenty of instruction from resources like your local home décor or garden center, the extension agent in your area and the instructions coming along with the pump and other supplies for the pond.

Once everything is connected and pumping properly, add whatever chemicals you will need as suggested by the retailer providing the other equipment. Be sure to consider you warranty when you are adding chemicals as some of the chemicals available may cause a negation of the warranty.

Another common practice is incorporating the fountain into the sprinkler system. A water fixture that functions as a fountain for the majority of the day and a sprinkler on a timed setting not only hides the sprinkler system but also makes installing the sprinkler system much easier.

Hundreds of indoor, outdoor, small, huge, elaborate, simple, industrial and eclectic designs of water fountains are available to choose from. You can build them yourself, you can have someone else do it for you…you can even have a world renown artist create a sculpture with water works for you. You and your water fountain are only as limited as your imagination!

Indoor Water Fountains

Indoor water fountains have become popular in the past ten years. If you are considering an indoor water fountain, you have many options. Walls of trickling water, ponds with live fish and even elegant, cherubic shooting water fountains are all possibilities well within financial reach.

Unfortunately, there are times that the logic and the reality of a project may limit the amount of fantasy you can incorporate in an indoor fountain. Spraying water all over isn’t something you will have much fun cleaning up all the time—and your carpet will stay much drier as well!

Indoor fountains have been popular long enough that you will have no problem finding plenty of locations with models for you to look at in person. Do it! So that you know what problems you are going to run into. You may not realize how much noise the motor makes (even to the point of drowning out the natural water sounds) if you don’t go and see it.

Table top water fountains are much less expensive, easier to install and can still create the type of fantasy desired when presented in a deserving fashion.

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    • boxxies profile image


      8 years ago

      Would love to have a garden water fountain.

      Another thing to add to my wish list.


    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      We had a little pond etc but it is now filled in. The frogs still appear annually though. The complete book re water gardens in the Amazon list is a good buy. Someone bought me it for a present.

    • Dottie1 profile image


      10 years ago from MA, USA

      I don't have one myself but I love the garden water fountains. I think I'll put it on my "wish list" today. Thank you.


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