Garden Water Fountain: 7 Tips To Consider When Adding One!


There’s nothing more tranquil, striking and that makes a powerful statement in the landscape like a garden water fountain.

However, since not all fountains can suit your landscape, it’s important to consider a few items about fountains before making the purchasing decision. Here is some tips to help you before adding one to your patio, deck or garden.

What Are Some Of The Different Types of Outdoor Garden Fountains?

There are different types of a water fountain garden, each unique to suit the landscape settings. Also, the purpose the fountain will also help determine the fountain type to add to the garden.

For example, a formal garden may require a classic standing fountain which may have a contemporary or traditional look.

A naturalistic garden may be a small pool or pond fountain fitted with softy dancing water jets or a disappearing fountain.

Besides a straight jet, you can also fit it with nozzles that squirt water in various shapes such as mushroom, daisy, or tulips forms.

The fountain could also be simply a wall-mounted unit with a spout into a reservoir.

In all these cases, a pump is required to keep water recirculating. Home improvement stores and garden centers sell kits which contain all the equipment required, including the nozzle, fountain head, pump and power cord.

What Kind of Pumps Are Used in Garden Water Fountains?

Submersible pumps are made for safe, quiet operation underwater. Surface pumps sit aboveground and must be concealed. Choose a pump slightly larger than needed so that you’ll have more leeway to adjust the water flow.

There are two types of pumps found in home water fountains; Submersible pumps and surface pumps.

Submersible Pumps

Submersible pumps are designed to be placed in the deepest part of the pond. They are safe and easy to install. They are ideal for environments that have a natural setting.

Surface or External Pumps

Surface or external pumps are installed aboveground and must be camouflaged. They can be loud and works well for larger ponds, much like a pool pump.

When choosing a pump, it’s advisable to choose one that is slightly larger than needed so that you can have room for adjustment.

Caution: Plug an electrical pump into the ground-fault circuit interrupter to shut down power when there’s problems or danger.

What Types Of Garden Water Feature Styles To Consider For Your Garden?

Tabletop Fountains

Tabletop fountains are great for small patios and garden rooms. They take up moderately small space and add an element of intricacy and sophistication to your patio or garden.


They are affordable (you can easily make your own tabletop fountain with terra cotta pots) and are preferred by people on a tight budget. They are safer for pets and kids. Tabletops fountains make great gifts for friends, family, and friends.

Water Fountains Made From Rock

Garden fountains made from rock are long-lasting and enjoyed for several decades or even generation depending on the weather, maintenance, and the type of rock used. Some of the common types of rocks include:

Limestone – it’s an opaque natural rock. It was a popular material in Egypt and Middle-East as it was used to make Great Pyramids. However, it’s not as popular material nowadays as items made from it erode after several years.


Granite – if you’re looking for an outdoor fountain that can last for generations, then granite can make an ideal material for you.

It can withstand freezing temperature and will not crack during winter. It’s also easy to clean using liquid. Also, it’s not susceptible to wearing away.

Cast Stone – Cast stone makes fountains that have reasonable durability and quality. Fountains made of cast stone can last for several decades. Pumps may need to be replaced over time.

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Pool or Pond Fountains

This type of fountain stirs water, thereby creating an unfavorable environment for the breeding of mosquitoes. The fountain also increases water circulation, which improves water quality.

This improves the quality for fish and plants and also inhibits the growth of algae. A larger water garden fountains are ideal for those who want to create eye-popping visual effects in their garden.

If you want a fountain to be the focal point in your garden and you have the space, a pool or pond fountain is the ideal choice for you.

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Outdoor Wall Style Fountains


Outdoor wall fountains like the one above from [amazon] are an ideal choice for those who want a calming effect and a feature that captivates visitors. They’re great when space is limited.

They have an easy installation process and are also pet accessible; pets prefer drinking from a fountain. They can be used in vertical spaces that want to be covered; these fountains can cover the vertical area from the floor to the ceiling.

Floor Style Water Fountains

They are quite similar to the wall style fountains, with their major difference being that they cover the horizontal space; floor.

They too, are easy to install and are also easily moveable as they aren’t fixed to a wall.

Pyramid Style Fountains with Tiers

These types of fountains take a shape of a pyramid with several levels of water dripping from them. Most of the pyramid style fountains with tiers have two or three tiers. They’re ideal for those who want a calming effect.

Urn Style Garden Fountains


These garden water fountains have an urn situated inside a bowl or vessel. They are ideal for garden and outdoor settings as they create a striking statement.

These fountains usually what are referred to as “pondless”, are easy to make and often have a “bubbler” where the water gently cascades over the edge of the pot.

Fountains Made From Pots

These types of fountains are made in a way that one pot spills water to the other. Most of them have three pots positioned in a stylish, unique way.


The design is customizable, it can be made with pots you already have, large or small to fit any space you have. You can decorate it the way you like after.

NOTE: All the above fountain types can be used as feng shui water fountains. However, for them to be used as a feng shui “cure”, they do not have to look oriental.

Fountains are very popular in feng shui as they’re known to bring water energy and are also a symbol of prosperity and wealth.

However, when looking for the ideal feng shui fountain placement keep in mind not to place in your bedroom as the water shui elements create the energy of sorrow and worry in the bedroom.

Where Should A Garden Water Fountain Be Placed?

A free-standing or pool fountain should be placed in a prominent area where it can act as a focal point. For example, at the intersection of two paths or at the center of the terrace.

A wall fountain is not very conspicuous and carries much more impact when it is the element of surprise. Placed a wall fountain at the side of the garden or at the end of a pathway to spark surprises.

Why Add A Water Fountain To Your Garden?

Fountains Can Be Simple and Soothing

Build your own small Japanese-style fountain in a quiet corner of the garden. Submerge a small pump in a stone bowl and use a hidden pipeline to connect it to a hollow bamboo pole.

Add a second bamboo cane that will fill with water and tip down to trickle its contents gently into the basin. Adjust the pump so that it issues a light trickle.

Fountains Help Cool the Garden Air

Fountains can have a cooling effect on plants and people, especially in arid climates.  Also, the splashing sound of water seems refreshing during a hot day.

Fountains Provide “White Noise”

Fountains can be used to block disturbing noise from roads or neighbors. The persistent trickle of water has a calming background effect.

Fountains Attract Wildlife – Birds and Butterflies To The Garden

Birds can be attracted to fountains, especially those with ample space for birdbaths. This adds to the beauty and natural serene of your garden.

Fountain Safety Tips

Keep Your Fountain Kids Safe!

When installing a fountain, keep the safety of your kids and pets in mind. Fountains should be placed in a raised area that’s inaccessible to most people, especially toddlers.

Don’t forget… some pets and kids may even try to us the pond for drinking water.

For pool fountains, place a grill over the top of the pool, leaving a small opening for the pipe. You can raise the sides of the pool with pretty stones to make it safer.

Do Not Disturb The Aquatic Plants

You can add water lilies and other aquatic plants around your fountain to prevent people from going near it. However, keep them away from the submersible pump.


Adding a water fountain to your garden is an attractive feature that you should consider including in your landscape design. It complements the beauty of your garden and adds a serene setting to it.

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