The best garden fountains

Sit back and relax with the sound of water trickling away in the background with these fabulous garden fountains

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Natural effect or a modern masterpiece, water fountains will always make a great garden water feature if you're redesigning your garden. They can be mains powered, solar powered or simply powered by the garden hose and enable you to create an atmospheric environment in your garden for relaxing and reading.

Before you decide on the kind of water fountain you would like for your garden, consider the ambiance you’re looking to create and think about where you’re going to place it. For decking and patios, why not consider the Heissner Rattan Water Garden? And if you’re looking for a subtle addition to your garden pond, the Sunjet Solar-Powered Water Pump will illuminate your pond and make it a night feature, too. 

Think about whether you prefer the traditional idea of a rock sculpture, like the Kelkay Lugano Water Feature, or are you looking for a modernist piece like the Primrose Sphere Water Feature

The best garden fountain

1. Kelkay Lugano Water Feature

An authentic rock waterfall where the finer details matter

Specifications
Type: Waterfall
Power: Mains
Material: Poly-resin
LED lights: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Very low maintenance 

Kelkay Lugano have created a rock sculpture so authentic it could have the very best geologist fooled. From the carefully painted rock face to the moss detail, this natural looking water feature should add character to any garden. The waterfall design is mesmerising to watch and with the addition of LED lights in each of the little rock pools, it’ll create a calm backing track to your summer garden parties.  

Charles Bentley 3 Tier Brick Water Feature

2. Charles Bentley 3 Tier Brick Water Feature

Less rustic and more linear, this water fountain is for contemporary gardens

Specifications
Type: Waterfall
Power: Mains
Material: Poly-resin, Powerstone, Fibreglass
LED lights: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Warm white LED lights create a calm and tranquil atmosphere at night too 

With a Middle Earth Gondor-esque fortified air about it this water feature won’t fail to make a statement wherever you place it in your garden. The waterfall design consists of three pools lit with LED lights, which make it equally impressive to watch at night. It’s impressive behind the scenes too, with its low maintenance self-contained design requiring just a fill up and the occasional clean. 

Primrose Sphere Water Feature

3. Primrose Sphere Water Feature

Featured on BBC’s 'Digging Deep', this water fountain has already made a name for itself

Specifications
Type: Sphere
Power: Mains
Material: Stainless steel
LED lights: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Designed with the suburban garden in mind 

Combined with the gentle tinkle of a wind chime and this sphere water feature will create the perfect Zen courtyard garden. Compared to our other two picks, it’s not a statement; it’s designed to sit in harmony with the greenery and floral features surrounding it. The water fountain also features discreet LED lights, making it a charm at night, too.  

Heissner Rattan Water Garden

4. Heissner Rattan Water Garden

This self contained water garden can be placed inside and outside

Specifications
Type: Self contained
Power: Mains
Material: Rattan
LED lights: No
Reasons to buy
+ A low energy pump shouldn’t be too harsh on your electricity bill 

Practical, cost-effective and smart, this water feature from Heissner is a great buy. Choose an array of water plants to add to your water garden and use it to decorate your patio or decking area. Purchase it alongside rattan garden furniture to create the ultimate place of relaxation. The self contained reservoir is very low maintenance, while the low energy pump shouldn’t cost too much to run.  

Ambienté Solar Cascade 3-Tier Fountain

5. Ambienté Solar Cascade 3-Tier Fountain

This rounded water fountain is softer in appearance than our square choices at the top

Specifications
Type: Tiered
Power: Solar
Material: Polyresin
LED lights: No
Reasons to buy
+ Solar powered so doesn’t add to your electricity bills 

Cleverly painted to look rustic and natural, this stone-effect water fountain is a great alternative to our first pick. It’s more compact in size, so it will fit neatly in most gardens and because it’s solar powered rather than mains powered, you’re not limited to where you can put it. Because it features an internal reservoir, all you need to do it fill the water fountain up and it’s ready to go.  

Ambienté Waterfall Blade Cascade

6. Ambienté Waterfall Blade Cascade

Create your very own waterfall in your back garden

Specifications
Type: Waterfall
Power: Hose
Material: Stainless steel
LED lights: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Can be used to aerate ponds 

Whether you build it into your garden wall or filter it into your garden pond to aerate it, this waterfall fountain is a great modern feature for all types of garden. It’s easy to set up – just pop the garden hose into the back of it and watch as the water comes out as an impressive sheet. You’ll need a pump to filter the water back through and there’s the option to illuminate it with LED lights if you wish. Essentially, this is the base package, giving you the freedom to build your water feature just how you want it.  

Sunjet Solar-Powered Water Pump

7. Sunjet Solar-Powered Water Pump

The perfect pond accessory

Specifications
Type: Pump
Power: Solar
Material: ABS plastic
LED lights: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Simple, effective and pretty  

To add a little bit of pizzazz to your pond, invest in this little wonder. It’s solar powered, so it won’t cost you anything to run it and it’s incredibly easy to set up and get going. It comes with sucker pads on the base of it so you stick it to the bottom of your pond and if the weather’s been dull during the day but you want it to create some atmosphere, there’s a battery pack for back up.  

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