Pond fountains are a great way to add interest to a water garden or fish pond. From elaborate fountains mimicking those in European palatial gardens to smaller ornamental or statuary fountains, the choices are practically endless. Choose a fountain that fits the overall decor of your yard and is sized appropriately for your pond.
If you're looking for an outdoor pond fountain, you should choose the type of fountain based on the overall aesthetic you're going for. For example, rock water fountains are fairly unassuming. They tend to produce small water flows and because they look like rocks and come in natural colors, they will generally blend in with the pond and the rest of their surroundings. Trumpet pond fountains, on the other hand, draw attention with their high, flashy spouts, and lighted fountains add intrigue on those long summer evenings.
Some fountains are beneficial in addition to being beautiful. Solar fountains, for example, help reduce energy consumption and costs, while aerating fountains add much-needed oxygen to the pond water and help inhibit the growth of algae.
Floating fountains are an excellent option for seasonal or occasional use. Many come in complete kits, making them easy to install and uninstall as necessary.
To make your fountain spout, you'll need a fountain pump. Some fountains come with pumps, but in many cases, you have to buy the pump separately. In these cases, almost any pond pump will do; just make sure you choose a pump with enough capacity to operate your fountain properly. This means that the pump should be able to operate the fountain as often as required (whether continuously or intermittently) and, in the case of trumpet fountains, to push the water as high as required.
Fountain lights are another popular addition to garden and fish ponds. LED lights come in many different colors and run on little power, making them an excellent choice for brightening up your backyard pond.
For a fountain that will remain in the pond all winter, consider a fountain cover to protect it from the elements. These tarps come in various sizes and colors and will keep your fountain clear of ice and snow. Insulating covers are also available for fountains made from more delicate natural materials that may crack in extreme cold.