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Create a Backyard Water Feature By Margaret Hoffman

Jul 11, 2014 05:09PM ● By Erica Shames

Create a Backyard Water Feature

By Margaret Hoffman

In the summer issue of Susquehanna Life magazine, I introduced you to several types of water features to create at home, on a budget, in a weekend. Here is one more idea!

Stone and wall fountains

A stone fountain is a natural complement to water. Combine a stone wall and basin to create a water feature bursting with visual impact. Place a pump in the bottom of a basin and bring the tubing and liner behind the rock to bubble out from between the stone. These water features work best in natural settings and are magical when complemented by moss and ferns.

Wall fountains are another way to add creative elegance to any wall or garden and are appropriate for both formal and informal gardens. They take up little space, look expensive, need little cleaning and are very cost effective for the landscape impact they deliver. They can be mounted on either existing walls or walls built specifically for landscape impact. Besides mounting formal statuary such as a lion’s head sculpture or a mask, you can install one of the new ‘colorfall’ wall fountain kits offered in many garden stores. These offer an affordable, easy to install waterfall for either retaining or stone walls. As a bonus they have a light feature that changes the falls’ color between white and blue hues.

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