How to Make a Water Feature for a Flower Bed


Flower beds that are alive with color and foliage can be enhanced with a colorful water feature. You can make a simple water feature for your flower bed with a majestic ceramic urn that will stand tall among your flowers and plants. Look for ceramic urns at local home design stores. Water fountain pumps are available at local garden supply stores, but you are likely to find a better selection online.

Step 1

Select a glazed ceramic urn that accentuates the colors in your flower bed. You can make your water feature as tall or as small as you like, depending on the ceramic urn that you select.

Step 2

Attach the fountain head to the fountain pump and extend the fountain head fully. Place the fountain apparatus next to the urn. If the fountain head extends to the top of the urn, you will not need to elevate the fountain pump. If it does not extend to the top, place stones in the base of the fountain in order to elevate the fountain apparatus. Mark the urn outside on the back adjacent to where the pump will be placed.

Step 3

Drill a hole in the backside of the urn where you made the mark. The hole is for the electrical cord. The lower the hole is on the planter, the less likely it is to be seen. You can drill a hole in glazed ceramic with a ceramic tile drill bit. Cover the space you are drilling with masking tape before you drill. This will help the drill keep from sliding on the ceramic.

Step 4

Place the stones, if needed, and the fountain apparatus inside the urn. Pull the electrical cord through the hole. Seal around the cord with plumber's putty and let it dry.

Step 5

Fill the urn with water. Make sure that the submersible pump is covered with water at all times. Run the cord to an outlet with a circuit breaker or a GFCI device and plug it in. Turn on the pump.

Things You'll Need

  • Ceramic urn
  • Fountain pump
  • Fountain head
  • Stones
  • Marker
  • Drill
  • Ceramic tile drill bit
  • Masking tape
  • Plumber's putty
  • GFCI outlet


  • Drilling through Ceramics

Who Can Help

  • Selecting Fountain Pumps
Keywords: urn water feature, flower garden water feature, garden water feature

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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. As a content creator for Demand Studios and private clientele, Kat's work is featured on sites across the web. Kally holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.