Fountains, Gardens, and Planters: A Homeowner’s Outdoor Guide

From adding curb appeal and increasing your home’s value to having your own tranquil oasis, nothing makes a more powerful statement than outdoor gardens, fountains, or planters. Explore this helpful guide on upgrading your home’s exterior with tips on installing fountains, planters, and gardens.


One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy an outdoor space is with a calming fountain. Hearing steady water flowing adds a sense of tranquility to any setting, no matter how large or small.

Fountains can be tiered, pool surround, pedestal for cascading water from multi-levels, or objects like spheres, bowls, faces, animals, vases, or urns. Additional styles include hanging wall fountains, free-standing waterfalls, solar, Zen-inspired, and other styles.

Tips on Fountains:
  • To keep fountains for several years, maintain proper water levels, and don’t let pumps run dry to minimize damage
  • Use water treatments routinely to minimize white scale and algae
  • Clean fountains regularly. Remove any debris like leaves and dirt
  • With winterizing fountains, drain all water before winter, remove the pump, and cover fountains securely
  • Never leave water in fountains as ice cracks them when water freezes

Place fountain in open areas, not under trees where branches and leaves can fall into them. Fountains should be near water sources for easy refills, but away from bedroom windows where neighbors might hear water sounds at night. Taller fountains can keep pets and stray animals out of the water, but birds are always welcome!

Visibility and Size

Centrally-located cement fountains or concrete fountains can be enjoyed from inside the home for relaxing views of your fountain. When picking fountain sizes, tiered fountains are ideal for open spaces while small yard fountains can brighten cozy spaces. Use corner fountains in smaller yards.


The most popular fountains include copper, cast stone fountains, bamboo, stainless steel, GFRC (composite stone), fiberglass, granite, or polystone/resin.


Creative planters can complement your outdoor space. Planters can look like wooden crates filled with plants, but planters can also be short, round, baskets, heart-shaped, tall urns, squares, or Zen bowls.

Tips on Planters
  • When selecting areas for planters, consider sunken patio spaces or raised flower beds with direct sunlight
  • Planters can include flowers, plants, or vegetables and don’t take long to install or you do it yourself for fun projects
  • Before filling planters, talk to a gardener about plants that can grow in your space and how much sunlight and shade they need Discuss winterization options
Clay and Terra Cotta Planters

Terra cotta planters and clay pots are porous. They allow air flow for roots, but clay cracks or can shatter from falling tree limbs in storms or from freezing temperatures.

Concrete, Stone, and Wooden Planters

Concrete and stone planters are durable and can withstand winter. A drawback is they can heat up in sunlight and cook plant roots. Wooden planters are attractive but can rot if the wood isn’t treated.

Metal, Synthetic, and Vinyl Planters

Metal planters are modern but can rust, fade, or crack over time. They can also cook plant roots in sunlight. Synthetic and vinyl planters are cost-effective, durable, and lightweight, but can be brittle in wintertime.


Your garden is an extension of your living space where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy a quiet oasis. When planning your garden areas, consider sunlight, soil, drainage, water access, and existing land features or hardscapes. Plan your planted areas and hardscapes first, then add in water features, containers, accent pieces, and statuary.

Tips on Gardens
  • Observe sun patterns in your yard, and plant accordingly. Some flowers can’t tolerate direct sunlight while others thrive in it. Rock garden plants can’t tolerate rich garden beds. Succulents and grasses can’t tolerate water-soaked soil
  • Smaller containers generally require more watering
  • Add preservatives to wood containers to minimize rotting
  • For fragrant gardens, plant sage, lavender, rosemary (evergreens with blue flowers in spring), or Mexican orange blossom.
  • Mix color schemes, leaf types, and flowers. Try hues in the same family or contrast them
  • Avoid voles, rabbits, and deer by fencing gardens in or use plants deer dislike like daffodils or brunnera
  • Keep seating areas away from flowers where curious bees might be visiting
Plant Shapes

Plants can be spiky, round, upright, flat, oval, or arching. Some plants thrive together but read plant tags to ensure small plants requiring direct sunlight aren’t overshadowed by oversized plants. Tall plants offer privacy while climbing plants and flowers are visually appealing. Consider star jasmine with white flowers.

Soil and Growing Conditions

In optimal growing conditions, plants grow quickly, produce healthy roots, and withstand attacks from disease and insects. Test soil conditions or change the soil. Ensure plants can survive wintertime. Gardens with ample winter sun won’t see huge temperature drops.

Containers, Statuary, and Accent Pieces

For container gardening, plastics, terra cotta, and metal are non-porous and hold soil moisture so roots can breathe. Ensure drain holes aren’t blocked or roots will rot and die. Place containers near porches or windows. If grouping containers, urns can outline doorways or windows. Use similar containers near patios, deck corners, or outdoor stairs. Statuaries like animals, religious figures, angels, or babies can personalize gardens or add sundials and weathervanes, or decorative stepping stones.


Ultimately, decorating your outdoor space with fountains, planters, and gardens can be exciting. For more ideas, contact Garden-Fountains for help with a Seaside garden or DIY project. Garden-Fountains offers the finest selection in planters, statuary designs, and the best home fountains. Contact Garden-Fountains today!