It’s surprisingly easy to rig up a fountain in your garden or on a deck, thanks to the widely available array of recirculating pumps that eliminate the need for underground pipes. Just fill the basin once, then top it off every now and again. Most pumps require electricity, so be sure extension cords are rated for outdoors, and if winter temperatures in your area dip below freezing, you’ll probably want to drain and cover the fountain. Better still, set it up inside your home and enjoy it year-round.
With its clean lines and generous 36-inch width, the cast concrete X3 Fountain makes a bold statement in any landscape. You can order the American-made X3 in one of 12 finishes, and it ships for free to anywhere in the continental U.S. With the X3 weighing in at 500-plus pounds, that’s not a bad deal. ($1,150; garden-fountains.com)