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How to Add a Water Feature To Your Yard

I’ve always wanted to have a fountain at the house.

I love the sound of water and it’s such a great addition to a patio and looks super fancy….

…but mostly so I could work it in conversation.

Things like, “What did you do today? Me?  Oh, I spent the morning curled up with a good book by my fountain.”

Or “Sorry I’m late.  I just couldn’t tear myself away from my fountain yesterday.”

And my favorite, “Let’s go out to dinner.  I was going to cook, but I lost track of time listening to fountain.”

Before I tell you where I got the fountain and the five point zero minutes it took me to install it….

….I want you to hear what it sounds like.

Here are a few sounds from my back yard to yours.

The sound of fountain music.

I can’t get enough.

I played the video ten times yesterday.

If you listen closely at the beginning, you can hear the birds chirping.

flowers and fountain

Just between us, fountains have always intimidated me.

I thought they were hard to install and didn’t really understand how they worked and I thought I would have to babysit them.

And then I met Aquascape.


I ordered this fountain and a bamboo spout.

It came with detailed instructions and they have a video that shows you how to install it here.

But really?  It’s super simple.

outdoor fountain with flowers

You put the pump in the container and attach the bamboo spout and plug it in.

Who knew that fountaining was so easy?

And the best part?

Then you get to decorate it.

shadows on the water

You can add plants to your fountain.

I ordered some specialty plants for the fountain from an online store, but they still need time to grow, so I added a few hibiscus in the background for color.

I love the reflection of the leaves on the water.

How to Create Your Own Water Feature

water fountain with flowers

I’m kind of all about my fountain.


It’s was easy to install and so pretty and one of the best de-stressers I know.

So if you see me in WalMart and we’re talking next to the grated cheese about book club and what time the swimming pool opens this weekend….

….don’t be surprised if the fountain makes an appearance in the conversation. 🙂

PS  Need a little inspiration for your own fountain?  Be sure and check out Aquascape’s inspiration gallery here.

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    1. Image for Sandy Gooselaw Sandy Gooselaw

      I'm a water girl! We have 3 fountains in our home and one outside the front door. We have one in our foyer, one in my office and a few months ago added one to our bedroom. The one in our bedroom sounds like a babbling brook. I wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I'm laying next to a river with water trickling over rocks. I used to play background music in our home most every day, but now the fountains are my background music. They give such peace to our home. I do have to say I love water whatever form it comes in. Walking on salt water beaches inhaling the smell of salt water, thunderstorms, or the quiet summer rains where you open all the windows to let in the sounds of the rain falling on the leaves and the warm summer breezes that accompany it. sigh. . . :)

  1. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Oh my goodness! I love fountains!! You're right, the sound of the trickling water is so soothing. Ben and I used to visit a Japanese garden in San Antonio and had talked about installing a fountain on our patio but just never got around to it. Consider me re-inspired! Heading over to Aquascape to check them out...

  2. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    I love your fountain, KariAnne! It does sound musical/magical! I have a disappearing fountain here in the city and a large one my mom bought me many years ago that I took up to the farm. The sound of trickling water is the best sound ever! If we were at Walmart next to the grated cheese, id smile and nod my head in total agreement over your fountain! Lovely!! Happy fountain sitting! Cecilia

  3. Image for Carole @ Garden Up Green Carole @ Garden Up Green

    I just came in from watering the gardening and thinking my next place will have a really neat water feature for the birds, hubby and I to enjoy. I LOVE water - always have... As a kid I watered my grandma's garden with the garden hose - I still water this way, takes longer than a sprinkler but it gives me time to reflect.. Anyways as a kid I use to make rainbows with the water. It was so fascinating until I got caught because I was wasting water. The calm of's the best... and it's good for the heart and soul...

  4. Image for Marilyn Thore Marilyn Thore

    Love your 'fountainscape'! I believe the beautiful pink flowering plant is either a dipladenia or a Mandeville rather than a hibiscus. The floating water plant looks like it may be a water hyacinth...? which if true, will add beautiful lilac flowers to your water feature when it is in bloom!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Marilyn, Thanks friend! I think you are right! I think it is a Mandeville. I grabbed the hibiscus first and then put it back and I had hibiscus on the brain. :) Happy day! karianne

  5. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Love it! I've always wanted a fountain on our patio and we've talked about it for years! Don't worry about bringing up the fountain the next time I see you, I'll mention it first like, "How's your fountain? Is it settling in nicely? How do the birds like it and are they trying to use it as a spa?" Things like that. I've got a book I've been wanting to start but didn't have a fountain. :-( HINT!! Have a splashing day!

  6. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    That is really cool. I love hearing the water as well. I have had a couple of them. You need a couple of gold fish in it too!! LOL.. Enjoy!

  7. Image for Jennifer Ozanich Jennifer Ozanich

    Oh how pretty!! The pink flowers look wonderful next to your fountain!!! My son used to work for an Aquascape dealer, so I am the proud owner of a garden pond. I love to sit and listen to the waterfall in the evening, while the birds visit and the frogs jump in and out! It is very soothing! Enjoy your fountain KariAnne! It's beautiful!!

  8. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Love your fountainscape! When we landscaped our backyard, I desperately wanted to hear the sound of water so we constructed a stone waterfall and meandering little creek where none existed before. Almost immediately frogs moved in. How did they hear about us? Did the birds tell them? The best part is that on days when I can"t be outside, my clever husband wired in a microphone so I can hear the water sounds while I'm inside!. He even went a step further and added in some special lighting and even a fog machine which is the coolest thing ever. No wonder the frogs couldn't wait to move in!

  9. Image for Susan Susan

    Oh, it's just beautiful, KariAnne, and you've styled it just perfectly! And what an aural delight...there is nothing more soothing or serene as the sound of running is the stuff of bubbling, sparkling daydreams! If I ever met you in Walmart, I'd be like, "So, tell me about your fountain, KariAnne...what does your own little babbling brook have to say for itself today?" :)


    Just beautiful, KariAnne! You enjoy! We also enjoy fountains plus we enjoy living on the shore of a big lake here in Canada where we can enjoy either a calm lake lapping on the shore or a rough lake when the waves are crashing into the rocks! Water is so soothing and we love it! Hope you spend lots of time outside just enjoying the peace and quiet and the sound of the water by those gorgeous plants! Have a blessed day, KariAnne! Thanks for the lovely post that draws us to enjoy the "simpler" things of life which, so often, we overlook in our busy day!

  11. Image for Peg Peg

    "A kind heart is a fountain of gladness making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles." Washington Irving

  12. Image for Patricia Patricia

    I added a fountain to our back garden years ago. I used to have a bamboo spout too until the raccoons dismantled it and eventually broke it. They regularly take it all apart on the hunt for food. I think I've got them outfoxed (outraccooned?) by putting my pump and spout in a plastic plant pot for ponds and filled it with rocks. So far they haven't taken it apart once this summer ... famous last words. Do turn it off at night or else they'll come running.

  13. Image for Nancie Nancie

    The sound of that water was so relaxing, I had to keep play it over and over! I've always wanted a fountain. Your choice of a mandeville for the fountain is perfect. I have several of them. Now I just have to get my hub to install one for me!

  14. Image for Pinky Pinky

    I LOVE the sound of water in the garden; that is why we had a pind at the old house and now have one here! It is so soothing to sit out there in the morning or evening and that is the only sound....well besides the frogs croaking:) Your fountain is beautiful and I love how you "decorated" it!!!!:):)

  15. Image for bj bj

    I've had an affair going for years with water fountains..and would have one on our patio...but our pergola is too far away from the water source so can't do hoo

  16. Image for Mindy Whipple Mindy Whipple

    I love the sound of a fountain in the garden. That bamboo spout is really cute. Our front garden area celebrates the country but the back garden area has a bit of a Japanese garden feel so that would fit in just right.

  17. Image for Jill Jill

    Did you get the container from AquaScapes, too? The dark container helps to hide the pump, which I'm assuming is also black. This post reminded me that I have a fountain sitting in my garage and not being used or enjoyed. It ended up in the garage when we moved to a farm two years ago. Gack, what was I thinking? There's still enough warm weather left for me to set it up and enjoy it. As an aside, I used to have it in the corner of my sunroom; my dogs thought it was their personal water fountain, so I moved it to the front porch.

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