Fountains for the Garden
If you're looking to add a fountain in your garden, there's a wide array of recirculating pumps that eliminate the need for underground pipes—here are a few of our favorites.
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)
The cast-lead Wakefield wall fountain features a garlanded ram’s head and is an exact copy of the original, which is on the grounds of the 66-acre Hampton Court Palace garden in England. ($4,120; authenticprovence.com)
Hand-carved from beige granite in New Mexico, this 700-pound Rough Millstone fountain comes predrilled for water lines. The installation kit, submersible pump, and pebbles are sold separately. ($950; stoneforest.com)
A hidden pump sends gentle streams of water down the sides of the 2-foot-tall Aqualens acrylic sphere, which then pools in a 5-foot-wide steel dish. The sphere can also be illuminated. ($7,800; allisonarmour.us)
On the Ball
The cast limestone Eclipse fountain weighs only 57 pounds and is less than 12 inches tall, so you can move it easily from a patio to a tabletop. Available in five colors, it works alone or in a grouping. ($244; haddonstone.com)