There is nothing as consoling as the sound of splashing, falling and bubbling water. Water fountains add peace and serenity to a shady niche and you’ll find yourself spending more time outdoors when you have a fountain in the garden.
Waterfall fountain – Make a waterfall by stacking slate or rock paving stones. Drill a hole in the center of each stone large enough to accommodate the pipe, and thread the stones onto the pipe with the largest at the bottom and the smallest at the top. Check the way the water flows, and when you are pleased with the results, use a silicone adhesive to fix the stones in place. You may have to wedge some smaller stones between the larger ones to keep the structure stable.
Container fountain – An attractive ceramic pot makes a lovely fountain. Drill a hole in the bottom of the pot for the pipe and set the pot in place. Use caulk around the pipe to seal the hole. If you like taller fountains in the garden, use a two-pot design with a shallow pot sitting inside a taller pot. Use calking around the inside of the taller pot to hold the shallow pot in place and force the water to tumble over the side instead of seeping into the tall pot.
When adding water fountains to the garden, you should locate them less than 50 feet from an electrical supply outlet. Water pump manufacturers recommend against using extension cords, and most come with a 50-foot cord.