Fountain in a Pot

One of the simplest water features you can make is a fountain in a container, like this one.
Freestanding fountain in a pot surrounded by plants in garden A simple fountain kit can turn
any large container into a
cheerful garden accent.

Use any large pot. Terra-cotta is particularly handsome. If the container does not have a drainage hole in the bottom, drill one (using a masonry bit) or drape the pump's electrical cord over the rim. Disguise the cord by guiding a few stems of one of the surrounding plants along the rim. Set the freestanding fountain in a garden bed or border that has an electrical outlet nearby; using an extension cord is not recommended. If you think you will have a problem with mosquitoes, add a few small goldfish, which will eat the larvae. The number of fish you can use -- probably not more than two or three -- will depend on the diameter and depth of the container.

What You Need:

  • Container, 24 inches across or larger
  • Pump and fountain
  • Premixed quick-dry cement
  • Liquid water sealant
  • Bricks
  • Outlet with ground fault circuit interrupter

Zones: 3-11 Time: About 1 day

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