Just as pond fountains add elegance to your garden or fish pond, so can garden fountains add elegance to your yard or garden. Garden water fountains come in a variety of styles, from bird bath–like basins with small, bubbling spouts to many-tiered fountains with elaborate details and spouting statuary. The key to selecting outdoor fountains is to opt for more durable natural products, like stone, and choose a style that portrays the overall look and feel you want for you yard. Yard fountains tend to be the focal point of a property, so it's going to set the theme for the rest of your yard decor.
In addition to the style of water fountain you choose, you have a choice as to the type of fountain you place in your yard or garden:
Like pond fountains, garden fountains require fountain pumps to operate. Many garden fountains come with the pump included, and most stand fountains and wall fountains require only small pumps to operate. Larger yard fountains require more powerful pumps. To save electricity and prevent pump burnout, you might wish to run your fountain only when you're around to enjoy it.
Fountain covers are not necessary but can be very useful for protecting fountains in colder climes. Covers allow homeowners to keep their fountains outdoors during the winter, saving storage space and eliminating the hassle of moving the fountain every season.
Other handy accessories include fountain lights, fountain cleaning kits, mist or fog makers, and fountain decorations such as floating candles or flowers, underwater trinkets, colored gravel or sea glass, and miniature statues.