Add a Water Feature to Your Garden: 23 of Our Favorite Outdoor Fountains

Few elements in any garden manage to elicit the same reaction as a well-placed water feature. It conjures calm and can tie together an entire landscape.

Go on, close your eyes and imagine the trickling sound of water while you feel a soft breeze and catch a whiff of butterfly bush…

It’s nice, ain’t it?

A garden fountain in the front of a residence.

In the wide world of water features, few can stand their ground when faced with the might of the iconic fountain. They act as structural features in the garden and offer a variety of angles of interest.

Fountains are also easier to maintain than many other water features, and are relatively painless to install. Today, we’ll share some basic information on installing your own garden fountain, and introduce our reviews of some of the best options available from a variety of sources.

Tabletop Models

The fountains listed here are of a size and weight that is fitting for use on tables, plinths, and other raised objects.

Keep the weight in mind, and where you’re thinking they’ll go. Don’t place an 80-pound piece of stone on a glass tabletop! Most of these fountains require no special plumbing.

1. Zen Plinth

Ideal in locations inviting a bit of whimsy, the Zen Plinth Fountain weighs in at over a hundred pounds, so it requires a solid foundation.

A concrete water fountain which include a frog spitting water into a trough.
Zen Concrete Plinth Fountain

This is a great addition for areas where you want to garner some attention, and maybe get a few chuckles.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 23 x 13.25 x 25 inches, 112 pounds.
  • Materials: Cast stone concrete.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover for the winter, bring pump indoors.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: No plumbing required, three-prong cord.

The Zin Concrete Plinth is available in 9 different colors.

$579.99 from Wayfair.

2. Cara Classica

Echoing the designs of the Mediterranean Classical period, the Cara Classica offers a refined touch to any setting.

Garden Terrace Concrete Cara Classica Fountain

Garden Terrace Concrete Cara Classica Fountain

It’s certain to draw attention with its unique design, and it is compact enough to fit in almost any area of the garden.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 19 x 11 x 9 inches, 62 pounds.
  • Materials: Cast stone ceramic.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover for the winter, bring pump indoors.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Uses a three-prong outlet, no plumbing necessary.

This stylish little model is available in 9 different colors.

239.99 from Wayfair.

 

3. Monk

A vision straight from ancient Buddhist temples in Asia, the Monk offers a simple, dignified design at an affordable price.

Monk Fountain, Large

This model fits well in rock gardens, or as a centerpiece on tables and pedestals.

  • Dimensions and Weight: Large model is 19 x 40 inches, 15 pounds. Smaller size is 15 x 21 inches, 8 pounds.
  • Materials: High tensile fiberglass.
  • Cold Weather Care: Bring indoors for the winter.
  • Place of Manufacture: Not listed.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage
  • Other Notes: No plumbing required, three-prong power cord.

Check Prices on Amazon.

 

4. Wildon Home Flower Blossoms

A particular type of fountain for a particular type of garden, the Flower Blossoms Garden Fountain from Wildon Home is exactly you may have been looking for, even if you didn’t know it.

Fiberglass and copper flower blossoms decorative garden fountain, in a garden bed topped with wood mulch, with green plants and a white fence in the background, beside a beige stucco wall.

Copper/Fiberglass Flower Blossoms Garden Water Fountain, available from Wayfair

Because sometimes exploding beds of flowers aren’t quite enough, this fountain presents some attractively designed ornamentation in attractive copper that accentuates what is standing in your garden, or adds what may be missing. It has a simple assembly and offers plenty of value in its design.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 28” H x 12.5” W x 12.5” D, 6.7 pounds.
  • Materials: Fiberglass, resin, and metal.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover for the winter, bring pump indoors.
  • Place of Manufacture: China.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 1-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Uses a three-prong outlet, no plumbing necessary.

Check prices now on Wayfair!

 

5. Mini Element with Birds

I’m a sucker for anything with birds on it, and the Mini Element with Birds offers just that.

Campania International FT-252-AS Mini Element with Birds Fountain, Alpine Stone Finish

A warm and natural-looking design provides avian friends on permanent vacation in your yard, even after the feeder’s been empty for a few days. With any luck, other wild feathered friends will visit this fountain anyway.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 6 x 11.5 x 10.25, 23 pounds.
  • Materials: Cast stone ceramic.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover for the winter, bring pump indoors. Alternatively bring entire fountain indoors for the winter.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Uses a three-prong outlet, no plumbing necessary.

Available in 12 different colors and finishes.

Check Prices on Amazon.

 

6. Alpine Rock Waterfall with LED Light

This popular fountain comes with a bit of a hefty price tag, but you’ll love the natural look of a stacked rock waterfall that it provides, and the option to turn on the included LED lights to illuminate it at night.

Fiberglass Rock Waterfall Fountain with LED Light

Alpine Rock Waterfall

Those gray stones are actually made of durable fiberglass, with other parts made of resin, but visitors to your garden won’t know – and this helps with the issue of weight as well. It won’t crack or fade in the sun or hot weather, and it weighs just over 47 pounds.

The pump and lights are included, and the lights come with a 3-year warranty. The water flow rate is adjustable, and you’ll love the soothing sounds of running water that it creates.

  • Dimensions and Weight: Only includes the pump, water spout, and a tube to connect the two.
  • Materials: Imitation bamboo.
  • Cold Weather Care: Bring indoors during winter.
  • Other Notes: Bowl is sold separately. Height of the water spout will dictate the volume of the splashing water.

$136.99 from Wayfair.

 

7. Pondering Gnome

If I were a fountain, I’d be the Pondering Gnome.

Resin Fiberglass Thinking Gnome Fountain

Resin/Fiberglass Thinking Gnome Fountain

Certainly an acquired taste, the Pondering Gnome would look garish and out of place in some gardens, but fits in seamlessly in others.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 17.9 x 13.6 x 20.9 inches, 11.4 pounds.
  • Materials: Polyresin with fiberglass.
  • Cold Weather Care: Bring indoors for winter.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Three-prong cord for power.

$183.99 from Wayfair

8. Fire Fountain

If you’re looking for a serious standout, you’ve found it – the Fire Fountain offers a dramatic union of fire and water.

Resin Fire and Water Fountain

Resin Fire and Water Fountain

It runs on simple paraffin fuel, and is guaranteed to be the hot spot of your carefully designed landscape.

  • Dimensions and Weight: Large 32 x 16 inches, 33 pounds; Medium 28 x 14 inches, 26 pounds; Small 24 x 12 inches, 20 pounds.
  • Materials: Glass fiber reinforced concrete.
  • Cold Weather Care: Bring indoors for winter.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Pump included.

It is available in three sizes: large, medium, and small.

$279.98 – $509.99 on Wayfair.

 

Wall Fountains

You guessed it, these guys are intended to be placed on a wall. They’re an ideal choice if space is limited but you still want a water feature in your yard.

The only factors to be aware of are installation and winter care. Mounting a wall fountain can be difficult, and protecting it from winter damage will be an annual task.

9. Top Pick for Wall Mounting: The Echo

Probably my favorite design, The Echo is an excellent choice for when you want to flank a garden entrance, or if you have a refined and no-frills style.

Campania International FT-119-NA Echo Fountain, Natural Finish

Incredibly, it requires no plumbing; the Echo recirculates water in the unit itself. For the eco-conscious or those who reside in drought-prone locations, this is a great pick.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 64 x 14 x 16 inches, 340 pounds.
  • Materials: Cast stone ceramic.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover during the winter, bring pump indoors.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Uses a three-prong outlet, no plumbing necessary.

Available in 12 different colors.

Check Prices on Amazon.

 

10. El Leon

Alright, I know I’ve got a soft spot for cats, but this is a classic design that fits in almost any situation.

El Leon Wall Fountain

If you’re on the fence about how well a wall fountain will fit in your garden, this is the one to start with. It’s affordably priced, is a self-contained unit, and has that big ol’ fuzzball of a lion featured prominently. What’s not to love?

  • Dimensions and Weight: 30 x 18 x 10.5 inches, 17 pounds, holds 5-10 pounds water.
  • Materials: Heavy-duty fiberglass.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover during the winter at minimum, ideally bring fountain inside. Alternatively, mount the fountain indoors.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Attaches easily to a wall stud with a screw.

Check Prices on Amazon.

 

11. Winding Vine

An attractive and uniquely shaped wall model, the Winding Vine features a cool system of four mini waterfalls.

Winding Vine Fountain

It is made of fiberglass, so it’s lightweight and easy to set up. This model goes well in any area where it can blend into a wall of vines.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 30 x 18 x 10 inches, 20 pounds, holds 5-10 pounds water.
  • Materials: Fiberglass.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover during the winter at minimum, ideally bring fountain inside.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.

Check Prices on Amazon.

 

Floor Fountains

When the idea of a water feature is first imagined, what pops into your head is probably of a floor fountain. There is tremendous variety available in this category, from flowing birdbaths to massive structures that require an entire team of people to install.

12. Our Top Pick: The Longmeadow

This tall and upright birdbath style is called the Longmeadow.

Longmeadow Concrete Fountain

Concrete Longmeadow Fountain

Capable of blending nicely into any area of the yard or garden, the Longmeadow doubles as an attractant for birds to bathe. Who doesn’t want finches and sparrows visiting more often?

  • Dimensions and Weight: 24 x 36 inches, 217 pounds.
  • Materials: Concrete.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover during the winter, bring pump indoors.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Uses a three-prong outlet, no plumbing necessary.

$799.99 from Wayfair.

 

13. The Anfora

The Anfora is a funky-looking urn-shaped fountain. It takes up a bit more room than some of the others we’ve talked about thus far, but it’s a bold and handsome fountain worthy of the space requirements.

Concrete Anfora Fountain

Concrete Anfora Fountain

  • Dimensions and Weight: 29 x 51 x 34 inches, a whopping 586 pounds!
  • Materials: Cast stone ceramic.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover during the winter, bring pump indoors.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Uses a three-prong outlet, no plumbing necessary.

$1599.99 from Wayfair.

 

14. The Portwenn

A two-tiered birdbath, the Portwenn is a strong design with hard edges and a square pillar as a base.

Concrete Portwenn Fountain

Concrete Portwenn Fountain

This is a great choice for when you want to turn heads with a sharp design that’s married with the peaceful sound of falling water.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 39.5 x 26.5 x 26.5 inches, 290 pounds.
  • Materials: Cast stone ceramic.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover during the winter, bring pump indoors.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Uses a three-prong outlet, no plumbing necessary.

Available in 12 different finishes.

$849.99 from Wayfair.

 

15. Alpine Fiberglass Jar

Certainly a funky design if I’ve ever seen one, I’d call this the “onion fountain” on account of it having a jar inside of a jar. Don’t worry, I gave up my comedy aspirations the moment I wrote that stinker…

Alpine DIG100XS-GN 32″ Water Jar Fountain with LED Light, Green

Constructed of fiberglass, it has a realistic stone quality and is available in several different colors. There are LED lights at the top of the piece to provide an added touch of ambiance, and it is powered by electrical cord.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 32 x 15 x 15 inches, 40 pounds plus up to 6 gallons of water.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover during winter.
  • Place of Manufacture: China.
  • Warranty: One-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Other Notes: All necessary parts for operation are included, easy to set-up and install.

Check Prices on Amazon.

 

16. The Triad

The Triad looks like something out of the movie Logan’s Run. It’s a standout piece with a unique and bold design.

Concrete Triad Fountain

Concrete Triad Fountain

Ultra modern, it would fit perfectly in a well-manicured garden.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 36 x 20.25 x 35.5 inches, 420 pounds.
  • Materials: Cast stone ceramic.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover during the winter, bring pump indoors.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Uses a three-prong outlet, no plumbing necessary.

$1049.99 from Wayfair.

 

17. Rapidian Bears with Lights

Okay, so I think gnomes are funny, and I also think there are never enough bears. This fountain’s an indoor/outdoor piece that has two lovable, clumsily-climbing bears illuminated by LED lights.

Rapidian Bears with Lights

Rapidian Bears with Lights

This isn’t a “classy” piece, but those who have a home for it will know it when they see it.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 24 ½ x 17 ¼ x 22½ inches, 26 pounds.
  • Materials: Weather-resistant resin.
  • Cold Weather Care: Bring indoors during winter weather.
  • Other Notes: Includes pump.

$299.99 from Plow & Hearth.

 

18. Newport Dove

The Newport Dove is a different kind of birdbath. Its main design feature is a ring of doves circled together, their wings touching in a symbol that brings the song “Get Together” by the Youngbloods to mind… It would fit well in any garden that invites animals and insects into the area.

Newport Concrete Dove Fountain

Newport Concrete Dove Fountain

  • Dimensions and Weight: 30 x 40.75 inches, 266 pounds.
  • Materials: Cast stone ceramic.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover during the winter, bring pump indoors.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Uses a three-prong outlet, no plumbing necessary.

Available in 12 different colors.

$919.99 from Wayfair.

 

19. The Cascade

Pulling out a simple and refined design, the Cascade provides a great centerpiece in the garden, and is a particularly good fit in a seating area.

Concrete Cascade Fountain

Concrete Cascade Fountain

It’s a fountain that at once blends in with the surroundings while remaining a centerpiece.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 39.5 x 26 inches, 416 pounds.
  • Materials: Cast stone concrete.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover during winter at minimum and bring pump indoors.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.

$1349.99 from Wayfair.

 

20. Natural Stone Aquarock

When it comes to subtlety, this might be just the thing. Looking like nothing more than a pile of stones, it boasts a discrete and wonderful setup with a hidden basin that catches the water and requires little maintenance.

Natural Stone Aquarock Kit

Natural Stone AquaRock Garden Fountain Kit

It’s got an especially nice feel for any garden that boasts ruins and stonework.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 14.5 x 12 x 12 inches, 45 pounds.
  • Cold Weather Care: Cover during winter, drain basin.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: One-year warranty.
  • Other Notes: Quick and easy installation, water needs no chemicals to maintain, extra-long extension cord for power, includes pump, 5-gallon bucket, and tarp.

$68.99 on Wayfair.

 

21. Nico Jar in Basin

This style of fountain has always struck me as satisfying, and the Nico Jar in Basin is a great example. It’s an attractive blend of ceramic and stone, and it really stands out in a rich, green garden.

Nico Jar in Basin

Nico Jar in Basin

  • Dimensions and Weight: Jar is 18 x 40.25 inches, bases are 30 x 10 inches.
  • Materials: Glazed terra cotta jar and fiberglass base.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover jar for winter, bring pump indoors. Bring entire jar indoors if possible.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Base can be installed above or below ground. River rocks not included.

$1229.99 from Wayfair.

 

22. LC2

The LC2 is named like a sports car, and its features don’t disappoint. It’s an upright fountain with a large basin on the bottom, and three copper spillers trickle the water downwards.

Concrete LC2 Garden Terrace Fountain

Concrete LC2 Garden Terrace Fountain

You’ll need a larger space for the significant footprint of this fountain.

  • Dimensions and Weight: 38 x 38 x 34.5 inches, 660 pounds.
  • Materials: Cast stone ceramic.
  • Cold Weather Care: Drain and cover during winter.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: Uses a three-prong outlet, no plumbing necessary.

Available in 9 different colors.

$1414.99 from Wayfair.

 

23. Parisienne Two-Tier

An example of the big-boy style of fountain, the Parisienne Two-Tier is a massive centerpiece. It stands out as the epitome of fountain design, and also requires extensive installation.

Parisienne Two Tier Fountain

Parisienne Concrete 2 Tier Fountain

But, I mean, this thing is pretty dang cool; if you can afford it and you have the space, it’s an excellent choice for your home!

  • Dimensions and Weight: 64 x 83 inches, 2295 pounds.
  • Cold Weather Care: At a minimum, insure fountain is dry during the winter and bring pump indoors. Covering the fountain is ideal.
  • Place of Manufacture: USA.
  • Warranty: Manufacturer provides a limited 3-year warranty for damages occurring during normal product usage.
  • Other Notes: No plumbing required. Uses a three-prong cord for power. Requires additional pieces of stone coping (this was done intentionally to reduce weight and increase maneuverability).

$4059.99 from Wayfair.

 

Helpful Hints: Location and Construction

While some fountains can be powered by a solar panel, many have electricity delivered by a traditional wired supply. This is an important aspect of deciding where you’re going to place your selection.

Also look around and think about what leaf and yard debris might fall into the water and get caught up inside the drains.

Husky 50-Foot 14/3 Extension Cord

It’s always best to hire a professional electrician for these kinds of jobs; they have the years of practice and firsthand knowledge of safety precautions that the internet can’t readily provide. Electricity can be deadly, so always err on the side of safety!

If you’re using an extension cord and are not electing to bury conduit, be sure to purchase a reliable and high-quality extension cord. Husky makes a great product that I’ve employed for a variety of prolonged outdoor uses, and it’s available on Amazon.

Selecting the Right Option for Your Space

The type that you will select is an important choice, and there are three basic models: tabletop, wall-mounted, or freestanding.

While table fountains are shorter in stature, suited to fit on a table or a stand, wall types may be attached to a permanent wall. Freestanding models are taller and larger, designed to stand on level ground.

All varieties need to be level and secured firmly in place, and they all utilize some type of water pump. Floor fountains can be large and hold a considerable quantity of water in their basins, so keep the safety of children and pets in mind!

Cleaning Tips

Far from a complicated topic, cleaning your fountain is as simple as using a few drops of dish soap and a soft brush once a week, or at whatever interval you find necessary to keep it clean. Give the basin a nice wash, rinse it out, and refill.

Cleaning the pump (or filter, if applicable) can be a little more complicated. But these, too, are usually easy jobs once you get the hang of it. Ensure that you’ve unplugged anything hooked to electricity before cleaning! Each pump will have cleaning instructions that are unique, if it needs cleaning at all.

EasyCare FounTec Algaecide and Clarifier, 8 Ounces

EasyCare FounTec Algaecide and Clarifier is available from Amazon. Safe for plants, birds, and other wildlife, just a few drops added weekly will keep water clear, and free of algae and mosquitoes. This product is not safe for use near fish and should be kept out of reach of children.

Alternatively, try something like Barley Straw Extract to keep the water clean. You’ll find this readily available on Amazon as well.

Microbe Lift Barley Straw Concentrated Extract, 16 Ounces

Lastly, while it’s true that water features can be gorgeous pieces that tie together the entire yard, they really do require some maintenance and upkeep. I have a friend who has this fountain… well, he had this fountain…

… aaaaand that’s my attempt at a joke.

In all seriousness, like any garden project, this is a commitment. Like having a pool, or even a birdbath, regular upkeep is required to keep it in tip-top shape.

Check power lines, clean it regularly, perform any necessary maintenance, and you’ll be able to show your garden feature off to the neighbors for years to come. Neglect it, and it’s sure to last only a season or two (which equals money down the leaf-clogged drain).

If possible, it is ideal to bring fountains indoors during winter months. If the piece is very large or heavy, at least cover it for protection from snow, ice, rain, and freezing temperatures.

The Perfect Water Feature

The presence of a fountain in a garden can fill any number of uses. It can be a subtle touch for the more reserved space or a loud-and-proud proclamation to draw the attention and ardor of your guests. If one thing’s for sure, it’s that a good water feature can complete an outdoor space.

What’s more, a fountain can provide a more permanent addition to a garden than some plants and other features. If you’re like me, then the initial construction will be a great memory to hold onto whenever you hear that bubbling water.

We’ve got plenty of different types of fountains for you to peruse and choose from; if there’s one you think we’re missing, give us a shout on the comments.


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A collage of photos showing views of different outdoor garden fountains.

Product photos via var. manufacturers. Uncredited photos: Shutterstock.

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About Matt Suwak

Matt Suwak was reared by the bear and the bobcat and the coyote of rural Pennsylvania. This upbringing keeps him permanently affixed to the outdoors where most of his personal time is invested in gardening, bird watching, and hiking. He presently resides in Philadelphia and works under the sun as a landscaper and gardener, and by moonlight as a writer. An incessant questioning of “Why?” affords him countless opportunities to ponder the (in)significance of the great and the small. He considers folksy adages priceless treasures and is fueled almost entirely by beer and hot sauce.

2 thoughts on “Add a Water Feature to Your Garden: 23 of Our Favorite Outdoor Fountains”

  1. I agree that installing a water fountain in the home can make you feel relaxed and calm after a long day’s work. I’ve never seen so many beautiful and artistic standing fountains until I saw your post! I personally like the idea of rocks being turned to waterfall fountain to create that nature-like theme that will best suit the garden. Looking at its LED light makes me want to put it outdoors and see it at nighttime with its dramatic view. I am still saving up but as soon as I already have enough, I’ll make sure to buy one and have it installed in our spacious yard.

    • Glad to hear we’re of like mind, Elsa. I’ve never been one for light features in a garden, but some of those fountains really make me reconsider it.

      Let us know which you decide to go with and be sure to share pictures! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

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