I love a good water feature. One of the first things I did when I moved here was to add a water feature by the front porch steps. However, after seven years the wine barrel we used for the water feature was finally falling apart. So it was high time to replace it.
We picked up this gorgeous Garden Treasures Fountain that is a durable resin material. Reasonably priced, and durable AND beautiful – love it! I love the floral motif and immediately had great ideas for creating a tropical feel with the landscaping around it.
Bold Foliage and Water = Tropical Feelings
Plants with broad, bold foliage help create a lush, tropical feeling in the garden landscape. In this case, because of the shady area, the primary components are hostas and caladiums. I also have a climbing mandavilla vine which also has broad leaves, but is a fast climber and will product trumpet shaped flowers as well.
I used some finer textured plants to contrast with the bold foliage – a container with the last of the snap dragons, and our pretty barberry shrub, helps round out the landscape area around the water feature.
Installing a Water Fountain in the Garden
A ready-to-install water fountain can go up very quickly, making it a fabulous weekender project. First you’ll want to clear the space and remove any weeds. We laid down a nice (biodegradable) weed barrier to help prevent weeds. Then my husband assembled and plugged in the water fountain. I love it!
When the water is still, the flowers are a nice reflection and when the water is running. It’s lovely. I love the sound. I love the motion it brings to the garden. I love that this fountain takes a smaller amount of water which is perfect for drought-prone areas like Oklahoma. I also love that it provides a sip of water for thirsty pollinators and birds. I just love it.
Once the fountain is installed we raked the mulch around the base to give it a sense of being part of the garden. I planted pre-started caladiums around the fountain to bring the bold color and easy-care foliage to the garden. Our perennial hosta is already blooming and bigger than ever – hitting it’s stride in life and just massive. The blooms are beautiful and give the pollinators something to enjoy.
When you select a water fountain, you want to choose one that will fit the style of your garden landscape design. For us this classic floral design fits nicely with our eclectic cottage garden look. For others a more formal Asian-inspired fountain might be nice or a whimsical statue. Lots of options for your various designs.
Do you have a water feature in your garden? I’ve written this post as part of the Lowe’s Creator blogging team and you can find more ideas in the free Creative Ideas magazine!