How to Landscape a Front Yard With Fountains. Fountains make a wonderful addition to your garden landscape or outdoor living space. The sound of falling or trickling water is relaxing on a warm summer day and helps to block out unwanted background noise. Fountains create a unique focal point in your garden. Selecting the right plants that will...
Fountains make a wonderful addition to your garden landscape or outdoor living space. The sound of falling or trickling water is relaxing on a warm summer day and helps to block out unwanted background noise. Fountains create a unique focal point in your garden. Selecting the right plants that will tolerate the higher humidity surrounding a water feature, grow in your zone, and thrive in the amount of sun provided is key to landscaping to compliment your fountain.
Things You'll Need
Rocks or boulders
Landscaping with a Garden Fountain
Select a fountain.There are many styles and sizes of fountain from which to choose. Decide if you want a formal or more relaxed look, a large and dramatic fountain, or a smaller accent fountain.
For the water in your fountain to maintain an even depth, the ground must first be leveled. Place a level over the proposed location. Grade the area with a rake until it is level. If necessary, remove high areas of dirt or fill in low areas using a garden shovel. Rake smooth.
Place stones or small boulders around the fountain. This will soften the lines of the fountain and add year-round interest. The rocks also compliment and anchor plants and flowers.
Choose a few perennial evergreens for year-round color. Ferns look beautiful around a fountain and love the added humidity. The tall arching leaves of the fern will grow and drape over your fountain, and add to the tranquility of the water. Select a few flowering perennials or annuals around the fountain as accents. Check the tags on the plants to determine if they need full sun or partial shade. Choose those that will thrive in the conditions in which you've placed your fountain.
Place your selected plants around the fountain while still in their pots. Arrange until you have a display you like. Remember your perennial plants will grow and spread; plant at the recommended distance apart. Water your plants well and enjoy your fountain.
Tips & Warnings
Fill in any gaps between the perennial plants with flowering annuals for a kaleidoscope of instant color.
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