Garden fountains are some of the most impressive and enjoyable feature additions that you can make to your garden. They add to any outdoor space and are mesmerizing. Some like the tinkling sound of running water. Others are more into the artistic design in multi-tiered layers. And me, I like fish!
There are all sorts of garden fountains on the market: Waterfalls, urns, figurines, modern abstracts, and themes of all types. And they’re made of just about anything waterproof. Cast stone and resin are most popular, but there’s still a place for glass, ceramic, and metals. Here are a few ideas on how to make up your mind:
Start by looking at your space available. Your fountain needs to look like it fits. If your space is tight, a huge multi-tiered fountain will look out of place and take away from the overall garden esthetics.
In most cases, your fountain will become the centerpiece of your garden design, yet it shouldn’t dominate. And an undersized fountain doesn’t do the trick either. Luckily, we have plenty of fountains to choose from. Whether it’s a tabletop fountain for your deck or patio or a grand centerpiece for a monster garden, you will be able to find the right size fountain here to fit your needs.
Next step is to determine what you want your fountain to do. Are you looking for an animal-friendly fountain to serve as a wildlife watering hole or a birdbath? Do you like watching fish? Or are you just looking for a quiet place for meditation? The choice is yours.
Now that you have a general idea of size and style you want, think about how much work you want to put into it for installation and maintenance. Installation is a one-time task and might need a contractor, but maintenance is ongoing.
Bigger fountains will need electricity. Smaller fountains can run on solar, but big flow fountains aren’t possible without a solar array the size of a tabletop. Fortunately, all but the largest fountains can run on low voltage. Low voltage systems reduce the worry about shock and in many cases allow you to do your own wiring installation in shallow trenches.
Solar has become popular for its quick installation and low maintenance requirements. They have a few simple requirements: They need to be level, they need sun, and you need to maintain the water level. Without a water hook-up, you’ll need to replenish the water every once in a while to make up for evaporation.
These are the basics. The next step is to look at the fountains listed here and decide which one fits in your garden.
Here are some of my favorite fountains.
Low maintenance fiberglass
- Looks like gray stone
- Pump, lights, and all necessary parts included
- 23″L x 18″w x 40″h
The Alpine Win316 Rock Waterfall is a medium sized fountain just right for a patio or garden. Use it indoors or outdoors. It has multiple streams of water flowing over natural looking fiberglass rocks. LED lights are subtle but draw attention. The pump moves an impressive 450 gallons per hour, enough to keep the water moving and gurgling.
- Real wood – Fir
- Rustic looking
- Easy set-up
- Pleasant burbling sound
Waterfalls sparkle as they cascade from spout to spout down the faces across 3 fir stacked bushel baskets. Big sized fountain with genuine wood trim.
- 31 1/2″ high x 19″ wide x 19″ deep
- Faux stone and ceramic
- Pump included
- Easy, plug-in, setup
Place this fountain indoors or out. The lights on the dual cascades highlight water cascading from two spouts cut into a low-sided bowl into two large urns decorated with a raised floral motif. Built with the traditional Tuscany look.
- Mirror surface
- Stainless steel
- Powder coating
- Halogen lights
I like this type of fountain even though it’s more of an indoor or patio model. The mirror, lights, and running water are definitely an attention getter. Quick setup. Everything comes in the box.