Burbling streams and backyard ponds are lovely water features. But they always carry a risk of someone stepping or falling in accidentally (or on purpose). Fountains are a slightly safer alternative unless youre small enough to be picked up and dropped in the basin!
Traditional fountains are typically located near entryways or in the center of courtyards. Heres a classic example of a symmetrical, sophisticated model. The surrounding landscaping may change, but this style can blend well with a variety of design options:
Water fountains are prime attractions in any backyard landscape. People tend to gather around one even when its not working. Heres an example of an expired fountain thats been turned into a sort of flower pot. If youre concerned about your water bill or about the costs of repairing a defunct fountain, this is one way to resolve that dilemma:
A drinking fountain is apparently not just for us big people. In the following example, some Lilliputians are gathering to fill their mouths with refreshing water too. Be nice to the wee folk or they may make mischief for you!
Landscaping fountains can be any size, shape, or design. Your imagination is the only limitation (the laws of physics may also apply). These can blend into the landscape or stand out. Some can be part of the architecture on the outside of a building. Take a look at this decorative wall fountain. Its like something out of the Chronicles of Narnia - if a hunter stuffed Aslans head and mounted it on their wall:
When you go trekking through a hedge maze (as one is wont to do from time to time), its delightful to come across a fountain at the very center. After all, you may have been wandering lost for many days and nights with no water! This placid, medium sized fountain is half encompassed by a wooden chair and bench so you can rest your aching feet: