We have an area behind our back deck where the previous owners had used rock and some barrel planters to create a flower and plant area.Â The plants that had originally been planted in the rock area had been annuals, so they needed replanting every year.Â The barrel planters had daisies, which also died off every winter and never came back well the next year. To fill some of the space, my husband had put a large sculpture that he made in college in the rock area (yes, that would be the very weird statue of the hand holding the eyeball in the top picture above…Â He called it “hand-eye coordination”.Â He thinks he’s funny sometimes.)Â Here’s aÂ bigger picture of the area:
I enjoy having a nice, relaxing back yard area to read and just be, and the creepy hand-eye statue just wasn’t working for me.Â I have always loved the sound of fountains and running water, so I knew I wanted a fountain in that area and for the crazy sculpture to be put somewhere, anywhere, else.Â I also knew that the fountain I chose had to kind of blend in with the background, so it looks somewhat natural.Â After much searching, I found the PERFECT fountain at Costco. It is the LiquidArt Hollow Springs Pondless Fountain.Â I purchased the 25″ bubbler fountain, but they also have smaller and larger versions.Â The fountain looks like real rock, which we have a lot of granite and rock in our area, so it looks somewhat natural.
We added more rock to the planter area to beef it us some, and then we added more dirt so there would be plenty of room to bury the bottom section of the fountain.Â The fountain only took about two hours to install, and the sound is so relaxing.
I also knew I wanted plants that would remain green all year around the fountain (as you can see in the picture below, it gets very brown and dry here in the summer, especially now that we are in the midst of long drought). So, I planted several agapanthus plants around the fountain.Â In the planters, I removed the daisies and added some perennial flowers so I hopefully won’t have to replant them every year (assuming I remember to water them occasionally, which I’m not the best at!)
The tiki torches you see in the picture are solar tiki torches (don’t want to risk using real torches in the middle of summer out here!).Â These add great ambience to the back deck at night (they look just like real torches at night, it’s awesome!) I purchased those on Amazon, you can get a set of four for under $50.