On a hot summer day when life’s stress is getting to you, there is not much that is as soothing as lying back in a comfortable chair with your eyes closed for a few moments while you listen to the bubbling and light splashing sounds a water feature creates. The sound of water evokes a sense of inner peace and a beautiful fountain greatly enhances your surroundings. Creating a garden fountain might well be one of the best things you can do your for yourself and your outdoor living space.

With some considerations when creating a garden fountain, you can still enjoy the peaceful and soothing benefits while being water savvy. Here are a few tips to consider before choosing your fountain:

  • If possible, have the fountain installed in a shaded area rather than in direct sunlight. The shade will help reduce water loss due to evaporation.
  • Wind can accelerate evaporation so create a windbreak with strategically placed shrubs or trees.
  • Choosing a cascading fountain rather than an upward spray will also reduce evaporation. Consider recirculating the water by creating a shallow pool or pond.

There are endless styles of fountains that can turn your landscape into a backyard oasis. You will have to decide on the size of the feature you wish to add, the water consumption, and the style. Your space may be very large and a traditional courtyard-style fountain might make an ideal focal point and emit enough sound to be peaceful. If you live in the city and do not have a large yard yet wish to include a water feature, there are contemporary designs and kits to fit virtually any space.

In order to be sure your fountain fits well with your surroundings, you will have to determine whether to choose a traditional, contemporary, or ultra-modern look. While there are countless styles available for purchase, in some cases the only appropriate solution is a custom design piece.

For help creating a garden fountain that evokes your sense of peace and enhances your space with its beauty, contact the design experts at TMS Architects.


  • I really like the idea of adding a large water feature to my garden. I agree, the sound of falling water evokes a sense of peace. I hope that I can build a fountain that adds to the beauty of my backyard. Thanks so much for motivating me to get started on my fountain build!

  • Jake White says:

    I am trying to get water feature for our yard as a Christmas present for my wife this year. I’m glad that I read this article, as I hadn’t realized that it would be important to keep water features in the shade if possible to reduce evaporation. Thanks for sharing this information with me!

  • I really appreciate this information on the benefits of having an outdoor water fountain. I like that this points out that these fountains can evoke inner peace, and enhance their surroundings. As a mom of three busy kids, inner peace is definitely something I am searching for often. I will have to try one of these, thanks for the information!

  • Jen Pack says:

    My husband and I have been trying to think of something that we could do to our back yard that would be beneficial and unique. After reading all the benefits that can come from having a water fountain, I think that would be a great thing for us. I like how you point out that the bubbling and light splashing sounds can evoke peace and enhance surroundings. That sounds like the perfect way to spend a spring afternoon, thanks for sharing this!

  • Silas Knight says:

    I definitely believe in the benefits of having an outdoor water fountain. They really do evoke inner peace, just the sound alone can calm a person down. Thanks for the tips on reducing evaporation, that is helpful!

  • Judy Wilson says:

    I liked some of these suggestions for where I should place an outdoor water fountain. Your tip to place one in a shaded area instead of in direct sunlight seems like a great idea. I’m always concerned about the amount of water that I use, so placing a fountain in the shade seems like a great way to prevent it from evaporating.

  • Silas Knight says:

    I really like the look of garden fountains. Plus, like you said, it can give the whole garden a nice, peaceful feel. Thanks for the tips on where to put the fountain, I will remember this as I decorate my garden.

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