Fountains, Bird Baths & Water Features

Nature provides some of the most stunning sights and sounds, largely thanks to gorgeous natural water features like lakes, rivers, brooks, and waterfalls. There's just something therapeutic about the consistent trickling of water that helps us feel calm. Why not bring that serenity to your own backyard with some gorgeous water features that'll make your outdoor space feel a little more Zen? Here are some of our favorite ways to add water elements to the garden:

Garden Fountains

There's little that can turn your simple yard into a tranquil oasis like the sound of a running water fountain. Luckily, fountains are so versatile in size and form, this stunning water feature can fit into any kind of garden style!

Tiered water fountains

bring a certain grandeur to the garden, regardless of what they're made of. Popular in Mediterranean courtyards, plazas, and elegant parks, these classy fountains look great in traditional and classical gardens. For less formal gardens, naturalize the look with tiered fountains made of stone or wood, or stray from a perfectly symmetrical shape.

Disappearing water fountains

are great choices for those who want to avoid the potential dangers or maintenance of a water reservoir but still enjoy the soothing sounds of a fountain. Since the water is hidden below the ground, this type of fountain is easy to maintain, takes up little space, and is safe for small, curious children. Enjoy the calming trickle of water over a variety of fountain styles, including rocks, granite columns, millstones, urns, and more!

Wall fountains

are suitable for a wide range of landscape sizes and styles, including modern, antique, and traditional gardens. They're especially useful for those who yearn for a water feature but don't have much to work with, as they require very little space and be customized to fit any wall.

Tabletop fountains

are smaller versions of your favorite water features that second as gorgeous centerpieces to decorate your outdoor furniture. Tabletop fountains are sure to impress your dinner guests and add a little class to your outdoor living area.


Not only do water features mimic the calming sound of brooks and streams, but they also draw the attention of surrounding wildlife. Birdbaths, in particular, are perfect for attracting pretty, chirping birdies and other animals to your garden, bringing nature right to your doorstep. While other water features are also great for attracting birds, birdbaths and water reservoirs are ideal because it's easy to drink and bathe in them.

Like water fountains, there are plenty of birdbath styles to choose from, so it shouldn't be difficult to find one (or many!) that suit your style. The first thing that comes to mind might be the classic, round basin sitting on top of an elegant pedestal. These are great for more traditional or formal gardens, but there are lots of other options, too. For simpler or rustic styles, lay a basin on rocks, bricks, stools, or even just lay it on the ground! Hanging birdbaths are also great options for our flying friends.

Regardless of the type of birdbath you choose, you'll want to make sure the water is never stagnant, as still water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If there isn't a built-in mechanism, keep the water disturbed with a water agitator. In the winter, when many natural water sources freeze over here in North Dakota, birds will be extremely grateful for birdbath de-icers that keep yours functional.

Ponds and Water Gardens

Some gardeners are hesitant about the maintenance and commitment of introducing a water feature to their landscape, while others jump right into full-fledged ponds and water gardens! Although ponds require a little more investment, once they're installed, the maintenance really isn't too demanding. Plus, the inclusion of unique aquamarine plants and even some fishy friends is totally worth it.

Even with water gardens, you can start small if you want to. If you're toying with the idea, try building a water garden in a container or tub first before committing to an in-ground pond feature. Once you've decided on the size and design of a water garden that suits your landscape, and you've consulted with a landscape designer (if necessary), it's time to

  • Water Lily: With their cupped, white-pink flowers and famous frog-holding lily pads, the water lily is likely the first plant that comes to mind for your water garden. Hardy varieties of these floating beauties are super easy to maintain and can stay put for the winter through their dormant stage.
  • Lotus: Another floating aquatic perennial, this sacred plant is a super popular addition to water gardens. Similar to water lilies, the cupped, spiraled petals of the lotus provide stunning white-pink tones and sit on the surface over a bed of floating green leaves.
  • Water Hyacinth: This purple perennial boasts glossy, ovate leaves that cover the water surface and give rise to gorgeous lavender-pink flowers that grow up to a meter tall. Known for its incredible vigor, you'll have to worry less about getting this plant to grow and more about keeping its growth under control.
  • Creeping Jenny: With its small, round leaves and vivid lime color, creeping jenny is a great filler for water gardens. Though its foliage is its best feature, this perennial plant will also provide subtle summer color with small, yellow flowers.
  • Horsetail Plant: Best suited for larger pond features, the horsetail plant provides excellent architecture with its tall, segmented reeds. If their height might contrast too much with the rest of your water garden, opt for dwarf varieties, which only reach about 8 inches tall.

Plant your new plants in heavy, clay soils that won't easily disperse when it's submerged under the water. You can add soil directly to the bottom of your water garden, but we suggest placing each plant in its own pot instead. This way, you can easily arrange your plants, move them around, and remove them for the winter if necessary.

Most water gardens don't require a filtration system unless fish are present, but adding a fountain feature or water agitator is a good idea. Maintenance is pretty easy-just keep it clean by regularly removing algae and dead plant material.

This summer, sit back and relax to the soothing sounds of nature right in your own backyard. Regardless of budget, time, or space, there's a water feature that will perfectly fit your needs. Plus, you'll be providing a habitat for wildlife and beneficial pollinators who will make sure your garden continues to bloom in abundance all season long!

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