Create Small Water Gardens and Simple Water Features
and Inexpensively creating water movement and a
No matter how small your garden is, whether yours is a yard, a wooded area, balcony, rooftop or deck, you can have a beautiful sanctuary with the soothing sounds of moving or splashing water. Small water features are beautiful in themed areas of your garden, in the birdfeeding and butterfly areas, rock gardens...just about anywhere.
"It took me time
to understand my waterlilies. I had planted them for the pleasure
|I've been amazing myself with how many things i can use to create fountains with, and place them in several areas. I've upcycled lots of unusual things into water features, easily and inexpensively.|
Basin, Tub and Bowl Fountains
This fountain came to me after i had already been using the floating solar fountains for the bowls of my birdbaths. I have many vintage bowls that look pretty anywhere and set up in minutes.
This bowl is about 18" diameter enamelware popular in the 50's. I have several sizes. Which gives me yet another idea.....
Metal basins and big enamelware bowls and buckets that are used during the summer for fountains. These can stay outside if you empty and turn upside down. So there's no real storage issue. Galvanized metal tubs and graniteware pails work great as well, for a more rustic, farmhouse look. Lots of these can be found inexpensively in dollar stores, flea markets, yard sales and yes, I do find some at the curbs on trash pickup days. I have no qualms about bringing home all sorts of garden containers and upcyclables.
|The areas I have chosen to landscape in a Asian and Serenity Garden styles set up beautifully with one or two pieces as fountains. Cottage-themed areas look pretty with floral enamel or painted metal bowls and pails among the plantings.|
Big decorative metal buckets, containers, bowls, basins and tubs. So easily found at flea markets and yard sales. Sellers on amazon sell many types, and with my free shipping in one or two days (pre-post office assault by gov 't braindead).
Floating solar fountain - these are used in pools, ponds and birdbaths. The battery backup types are the best. But cost a little bit more. Totally worth it to have it run with or without the sunshiny day. Once charged by the sun, power is stored in the backup battery for running the fountain on cloudy days. These come with about 6 snap-on fountain heads for different effects. So.... depending on the wind and fountain splash movement, they look pretty floating around aimlessly.
Some pretty glass gravel/stones can be used to decorate the inside or around the bowls. There are also glow-in-the-dark stones that can be placed in or around the bowl and plants around it. Lovely in a fairy or mystical-themed garden.
shells, starfish, tiny forest habitats. Garden themes. Use your
imagination once you choose the container and location.
fountains can be combined with your creations and landscape to create a
feeling of serenity visually, and with the soothing sounds of moving water
and wildlife like birds, bees and butterflies. These can be wonderful
additions to a wildlife/pollinator habitat.Garden beds that include
pebbles, river rocks and stones, along with dwarf spreading juniper
evergreens and water features that add height.
I have several solar cascading pottery
fountains in a few areas of my gardens. Very pretty. They work with a
small solar panel that runs the fountain, that cascades the bowls of
water. Adds height and movemennt to your design. This is my Asian/Zen
Garden design. I combine plantings, stones and pebbles, cedar walkways and
ornamentation that coordinate with the themes I choose. I have various
varieties of bamboo in containers, dwarf willows, swaying dwarf grasses,
This garden is bordered by a Butterfly Garden and coordinates well with it.
For vertical height, I planted honeysuckle and clematis vines on trellises and fence panels around the perimeter of the garden.
In corners of the garden, i place "water containers" used for camping and large, colorful plastic garden totes. These collect the rainwater that i use in the garadens and fountains. i'm not much of a fan of rain barrels. I prefer to save water where i need it. Covers are used to keep 'skeeters and other bugs away.
A bubbling birdbath, wire birdcages, Buddhas, pagodas, peacocks and dragons. And a rain chain hanging from a tree branch. Many of my design pieces have been gifted to me over the years, or are part of my indoor collections when gardening season is over.
This style of fountain is
called a Cascading Solar Fountain. I have several. I purchase them when i
find them on sale. The average price is $100. It includes a solar
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