fountains make great landscape ideas!
There are no limits to the landscape ideas for which fountains can be used. For this blog post, we'll focus on living fountains -- many people don't realize that this is even possible! A fountain does not have to be a dead-water feature to be low maintenance.
living fountain design
Landscape ideas that begin with the goal of having a living fountain should follow through with an appropriate design. This means that the plumbing and pump choices need to be made with that in mind. You'll need plumbing that is big enough that it doesn't clog easily, a pump that will pass some degree of heavy solids (just like a water garden), and an autofill device so that you don't have to fill it manually all the time. Remember that form follows function, and you want it to be as low maintenance as possible. A little bit more time spent in the planning phase will be greatly rewarded with long-term enjoyment!
adding a fountain to an existing pond or stream
Yes, you can! If your yard and water feature is ready for a little face lift, adding a fountain to it is a great landscape idea that's a lot of bang for the buck. You can add a spillway bowl to the side of a pond, or add a stacked slate urn or fun spitter to your wetland area. The landscape options are limitless!
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Barbi Holdeman, co-owner of The Pond Gnome, enjoys sharing their 20+ years of education & experience with you! She writes about Phoenix Ecosystem Pond Installation, Pond Maintenance, Wildlife around the Pond, Koi and Goldfish in the Pond, and the Pond Lifestyle. If you enjoy what she writes, please share it!