Fundamentals Of Water Gardening

If you want to add a relaxing zen type atmosphere to your gardens, you might think about adding a bubbling or trickling fountain to your outdoor space.

If you have bubbling or moving water in your fountain, this will keep mosquitoes from laying larvae in your water feature. Not only are they a pain in the butt, but mosquitoes can be dangerous, as they carry several diseases.

Mosquitoes will only lay eggs on water that is still and not moving.

Do make sure that you are using an outdoor electrical outlet. And if you must use an extension cord, make sure that it is for outdoor use. 

And that the outlet has a ground fault circuit interrupter.

Potted Water Garden Out Of An Old Tub:

You can add floating plans to the fountain, such as waterlilies. They will float on the surface of the water to shield it from egg-laying mosquitoes. 

You can also stock the fountain with mosquito fish, guppies, killfish, or another type of fish that eats mosquitoes. They won't stop the mosquitoes from laying eggs in the fountain, but they will kill the larvae. 

Here are things you will need if you are making the water feature yourself in a container:

1. Container (pot without holes, galvanized tub, etc.)
2. Pump or air bubbler
3. Floating plants

I'm going the route of galvanized containers and using pumps from Home Depot. 

If you want an urn fountain that has a basin beneath it, you can buy fountain kits. You can order them from companies like Aquascape and many garden nurseries.

The water recirculates from underneath.

Click here to find out how to make this water feature. Below is the basic premise for building it.

And if you live in an apartment or have only a small space, here are some examples of container water gardening you can implement in your outdoor space.

Click here to see them. I'm sure one of them will suit you.

I think you will enjoy creating your water fountain, and then sitting back and watching the show.

I will be showing mine in the next day or so. Not quite done yet!


  1. Great information, Brenda. :)

  2. I had a water feature at many of my them! Now I have a creek so I don't.....yet....but I might add something anyway just because I adore sitting near them so much!

  3. Brenda, there's nothing as soothing as a waterfall or fountain!! Great information!

  4. I have a small pond in my backyard with a waterfall and love the sound.

  5. I would like to do one this year with an old tub. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love water features! Looking forward to starting one. I really appreciate the very helpful information. Many thanks.

  7. Oh what lovely water fountains.. I love them!!!!! As soon as we get settled at our new place, I am definitely going to attempt to build one.. I love the galvanized tubs too. Have a great day.

  8. The great thing about water gardens is they can be as simple as you like and still be beautiful or as complicated as you like. Many plants especially here where I am can live in just water. Thanks for sharing all this great info! Cant wait to see yours... Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  9. I have a water feature that I love in my front yard, but it needs to be moved and that has not happened yet! Loved all this inspiration, Brenda!

  10. I can't wait to have will be simple but I know I will still love it!


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