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5 Fresh Ideas for Backyard Fountains

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Backyard fountains add charm to any landscape. They offer a lovely sight for the eyes, a cool place to enjoy in the midst of a hot day, and a touch of fun to a relaxing backyard atmosphere.

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Backyard Fountains: As Unique as You

Your backyard fountain should be a reflection of your unique style. Check out these five fresh ideas for backyard fountains:

  • The birdbath fountain. Make your backyard fountain attractive to wildlife by placing feeders around the perimeter, and offer a section of still, calm water for those bathing birds.
  • The water wheel. An impressive take on the mills of old, small backyard water wheels offer old-fashioned charm and a soothing sound. The water wheel can be dressed up in a variety of ways, but one of the most lovely accents is a flower garden in bloom right near the waterworks.
  • Solar-powered fountains. Be good to nature by harnessing the power of the sun. The initial investment is a bit more, but you can enjoy the sights and sounds of your backyard fountain for years without jacking up your energy bills.
  • The tall waterfall. Want to make a statement? A tall waterfall cascading from rocks or a wall in your backyard can definitely make one! The sound of rushing water makes you feel as though you're in the tropics year-round.
  • The slow, rolling pond. If you want a more sedate style, a pond with small fountains throughout provide the sound of a slow-moving stream and a lovely place to raise a few koi fish.

Backyard fountains, paired with a hammock or a nice chaise lounge, are the perfect getaways at the end of a long day. Which fountain suits your relaxation style?

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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