Tips on Selecting the Right Fountain for your Landscape

Recirculating fountains are a manageable, eco-friendly way to add a water feature to your landscape. Whether it’s a fountain or an urn, these welcoming water features can nestle into small or large areas and make an impactful focal point.

Here are a few tips to consider when choosing the right recirculating water feature for your landscape:

Size and Placement

Size and placement go hand-in-hand when selecting your fountain. Like a new piece of furniture, the fountain should be in proportion to its surroundings.  Measure the available space and ensure there’s a buffer area between the fountain, foot traffic and seating areas.  Even small fountains can be heavy and pose safety hazards if knocked over by kids, animals or guests.

Also, take the sound generated by the fountain into consideration. A small, bubbly urn placed near a seating area will not interfere with casual conversation.  On the other hand, while cascading fountains are great at masking traffic noise and other intrusive sounds, these water features can be too noisy placed near a conversation area.  

On a practical note, unless it’s solar powered, your fountain will also need to be placed near a power source – whether it’s an electrical outlet or an extension cord designed to withstand the elements.  


From simple to elaborate, concrete, stone and metal fountains come in a variety of styles to choose from. Urns with a colorful glaze are also a great option when adding a pop of color and movement to your landscape.

We recommend choosing a fountain that is compatible with your home’s architecture and the design of your outdoor space. While beautiful in its own right, a dramatic statue may seem out of place next to a mid-century home.  If you’re unsure of your style – or if you don’t want to commit to one specific genre – remember that simple is always elegant and timeless.   

Finally, consider whether your fountain will be tucked into a corner, against a wall, or viewable from all sides. This will help narrow down your design options. 

Landscaping Around Your Fountain

You can integrate your new fountain into your landscape design by surrounding it with plants. Ferns and hostas are lush, low-maintenance perennials that thrive around fountains placed in partial shade.   Clean, moving water within a sunny area of your landscape can also attract bird and butterflies – and you can amplify that affect by planting butterfly bushes, coneflowers or flowering annuals.  If your fountain is placed on a patio, container plants will soften its presence.  Urns can also be placed on a bed of rocks to control moisture and add a Zen-like presence. 

Keep it Moving

It’s important to commit to regular care and maintenance for your water feature.   Regular cleaning prevents clogs and problems associated with stagnant water, such as algae and mosquitos.  There are pros and cons related to fountain placement and maintenance.  While fountains placed in shady areas may require more regular clean-up due to plant debris, the water will not evaporate as quickly.   

Whether you want a water feature to create an elegant focal point or mask street noise, a well-placed fountain can instantly increase enjoyment of your outdoor space.