Installing Simple Water Fountains in Landscapes

05 Jul

It is very simple to install a water feature small in size. The sun glistens on the moving water creating visuals of dancing diamonds glistening in the sun and the sound is incredibly soothing for the soul.

You can purchase a fountain kit with all of the components or create your own. All you need to create a water fountain is:  a pump, a container for water, an electrical source/cord, a statue or pot for the water to cascade from.

Dig a hole slightly larger than the size of your container and make sure it is level before filling with water. Tamp down with a mallet to ensure it will be level. Then will it with water.

I found cheap labor close by.

Make sure the temperature is just right.

I think he approves.

Then place your fountain piece on a cinder block or other material so it is raised out of the water. Remember, the higher the fountain is from the water, the more the water will disappear from blowing wind. Plug it in and you have an instant water fountain. Birds will love it too.

There are so many different ways to dress up your fountain area. I have inserted a stone on top of the cinder block and around the back side of the angel fountain. This will create more interest and eventually plants will soften the back of the stone. The stone will get very hot in the summer and planting the annual purple gomphrena will do the job. A few pieces of stone left over from another project like a retaining wall or stone patios will suffice.

Evergreen blue spruce and voodoo sedum are planted around the container and will eventually hide the plastic. The foliage color compliments and contrasts with the angel fountain.

Since this is not the focal point and only an accent in my front garden, I have positioned the angel fountain for me to enjoy from my kitchen window.

Have fun with your fountains and try different colored annuals surrounding your water fountain each year.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


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3 responses to “Installing Simple Water Fountains in Landscapes

  1. Mary

    September 6, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    We have a small fountain . I would like to put plants around
    it. Do you have any suggestions ?

  2. diana gardner-williams

    September 7, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Good Morning Mary,

    I need some additional information to provide you with appropriate suggestions.

    Is your water feature in the ground, on a pedestal, formal/informal, in the front or rear garden, in the sun or shade? What color is the feature?

    There are so many plants to choose from, we just need to figure out what will work best


  3. Sandy White

    December 31, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Diane – your site is wonderful – I only got to glance but will go back and enjoy it again…Im at work now –
    I wonder how I got your email – telling me about your designs and I noticed where you were located…how close are you to Nathaniel Greene SchooL?
    I live beside the cementary there in Julian, near Murphy’s Store and 2 houses down from the post office – my sister actually lives on East 62 also.
    Thanks for sharing. Sandy


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