Large outdoor water fountains are perfect for enhancing your patio or lawn area. Fountains were often used in courtyards to cool and moisturize the air, especially in arid regions of the world. They were sometimes used to animate displays or special items. The quiet sound of trickling water can be soothing to the senses.
The fountains can be stand alone, they can continuously recycle a reservoir of water, or they can be connected to a hose or even plumbed into your household water system. Equipped with a filter, they can provide a way to set up a bird bath without it becoming an engraved invitation for neighborhood mosquitos. Fountains can even be part of a koi pond arrangement or an irrigation system for your less drought resistance flowers or vegetables.
Fountains are often an arrangement of three or more basins that allow water from the top basin to trickle into the next, the second to trickle into the third and so on until the last basin is reached. From there a small electric pump will often take the water back to the top to start over. This cycle is ideal for inserting a filter to catch dust, dirt and any insect larvae that might be in the water.
Some fountains imitate natural surroundings such as rocks, logs or other kinds of environmental objects that might contain water or have it flowing over them. An enchanting country fountain could be topped by an old-fashioned pump for the initial flow, followed by a series of wooden tubs. Fanciful molded basins could include flowers, leaves, or geometric shapes that are arranged in pleasing patterns.
If you garden, the fountain might be surrounded by plants, either growing from the ground or set in pots. Tall plants such as dahlias or hollyhocks are ideal background plants. Small plants, such as violets, nasturtiums or aromatic herbs set in pots can further decorate a naturalistic fountain.
Finally, modern fountains that focus on non-representational shapes that display the flow of water and that incorporate leaping sprays of sparkling droplets combined with colored lights can create dramatic displays.
Kotulas 3-Tier Wooden Water Fountain with Pump
This fountain oozes rustic charm with its design of three wooden water barrels stacked on top of each other and the water flowing through them. The top of this fountain is designed to look like an old-fashioned cast iron pump top on a well. The wooden water barrels are crafted from fir and pine and are treated to be safe outside in the wather.
Villegas Fiberglass Lighted Stone Springs Outdoor Water Fountain
Bond Manufacturing Y97016 Napa Valley 45 inch Fiberglass Fountain
Kenroy Home 51029BLU Vessel Floor Fountain, Blue
Lion Concrete Classic Waterfall Fountain
One of the most classic sculpture looks of all time has to be the lion. Just like the pair of lions that flank the entrance to the New York City Public Library, this lion fountain is loaded with Old World Charm. The pump moves the water out of the mouths of the lions that encirlce the fountain. This is a substantial piece at 48 inches tall with a weight of more than 600 pounds.
Water Fountain with LED Light - Ceramic Rippling Water Jug Garden Decor Fountain - Outdoor Water Feature
Fiberglass Lotus Tabletop Water Fountain
Tiered Concrete Renaissance Waterfall Fountain
This is the classic fountain that has welcomed so many visitors to the grandest of homes. It is made of cast stone and is a 2-tier style constructed in the Renaissance-style. Simply plug it in and let the water begin bursting from the top of the fountain. This fountain is the perfect centerpiece to a circular driveway.
Sunnydaze Spiraling Slate Freestanding Outdoor Water Fountain with LED Lights, 49 Inch Tall
This eye-catching fountain stands a majestic 49 inches tall and is made of natural slate with a built-in wave shape that gives it movement as the water falls. The rocks at the base of the fountain are bathed in the glow of uplighting . This fountain can crtainly be the centerpiece of any outdoor gathering space.
Skaggs Resin Pillar Outdoor Water Fountain with LED Light
This striking fountain is clean and contemporary in design. It looks like dark marble but it is actually made of an easy to care for polyresin and fiberglass. LED lights are included to cast brightness on the water and the fountain comes with two pumps so that the water trickles from the top down the entire length of the pillar. This fountain is a perfect accent for a crisp and modern landscape.
SereneLife 3-Tier Desktop Electric Water Fountain Decor w/ LED - Indoor Outdoor Portable Tabletop Decorative Zen Meditation Waterfall Kit Includes Submersible Pump & 12V Power Adapter
Sunnydaze Children at The Well Outdoor Water Fountain with LED Light, 39 Inch Tall
This fountain is both charming and whimsical. It features statues of a boy and a girl who are filling their water bucket from an old-fashioned well. The fountain stands 39 inches tall. It is made of polyresin and fiberglass for durability. The boy and girl at the well come to life in a metalic brass paint finish.
Peaktop FI0002AA Waterfall Fountain, 41-Inch, Red