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How to Landscape Around a Garden Fountain

By Sarah Terry ; Updated September 21, 2017

A garden fountain creates a soothing focal point to your landscape. Like any water feature, garden fountains have a relaxing effect on people as they listen to the sound of the trickling water. A garden fountain is not a standalone in a well-designed landscape, however. What is most difficult about using garden fountains in an environment is figuring out how to landscape around it without taking away from the fountain as the focal point. Some basic design tips and elements will help you to enhance your garden fountain’s beauty with a planned and perfected landscape design.

Build a walkway to your garden fountain. Use pea gravel for a more natural looking path and make the walkway meander toward the fountain, instead of creating a straight path. To create the pathway, simply dig down into the ground about two inches and line the dug path with landscape fabric. Then, fill in with the pea gravel until it is level with the ground.

Create a sitting area where you can enjoy the fountain. Garden benches have the best appearance for the area around your garden fountain. You can simply place a bench on either side of your fountain.

Add rocks around your garden fountain to enhance the natural look. Use rocks and stones of varying sizes, shapes, textures and colors. Place the large rocks around the base of your fountain and extend outward three to four rows using smaller stones. Place small and medium-sized decorative rocks along the edges of your pea gravel pathway for added effect.

Plant flowers, shrubs and small trees. Choose only two or three larger plants or shrubs to plant around the fountain. Be sure to position the plants so that when they grow, they won’t block the fountain too much. Then, plant the flowers in front of the shrubs and larger plants, choosing the flowers carefully to create a color scheme. You can use perennials, annuals or a mixture of both.

Place decorative planters filled with flowers of varying colors near the garden benches. Use cement trough or wooden barrel-type planters that are interesting and visually pleasing. Large, round planters will complement the garden fountain my mimicking its shape. The planters are a good place to plant your annual flowers.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Landscape fabric
  • Pea gravel
  • 2 Garden benches
  • Rocks
  • 2-3 Large plants or shrubs
  • Flowers
  • 3-4 Decorative planters
  • Water plants (optional)
  • Bird feeder and bird bath (optional)
  • Landscape edging (optional)


  • Consider growing a few water plants in your fountain that can drape over the sides. This will create a dramatic and beautiful effect.
  • Add a decorative bird feeder and bird bath near your fountain. The attraction of birds will be an added element to your garden fountain landscape, and the bird bath will help to keep the birds from playing in your fountain.
  • You can edge the pea-gravel pathway with landscape edging if you're worried about the stones being washed into your lawn during a hard rain.


  • Don't forget to prune back your shrubs regularly, especially if you plant them in front of or close to your garden fountain. If you don't keep the shrubs' growth under control, your garden fountain will soon disappear behind the bushes.
  • Avoid planting tall trees near your fountain that will eventually extend their branches over the fountain. The leaves dropping from the trees will make your fountain maintenance a nightmare.

About the Author


Sarah Terry brings over 10 years of experience writing novels, business-to-business newsletters and a plethora of how-to articles. Terry has written articles and publications for a wide range of markets and subject matters, including Medicine & Health, Eli Financial, Dartnell Publications and Eli Journals.