The pebble fountain has been sited in lawn next to an attractive garden bed.

This Is a Simple Pebble Fountain

A Simple Pebble fountain does make a simple yet effective garden display. They do not take up much space, so may be sited in the smallest area; alternatively, they may be included in a much larger landscaping scheme. You can site a pebble fountain in lawn, although it will be easier to maintain if located in a garden bed. Alternatively, sink the reservoir prior to paving a patio and incorporate it as a feature.

Materials

a container approximately 560 mm (1 ft 10 in) in diameter, 310 mm (1 ft) high
plastic pot, 200 mm (8 in) in diameter, 180 mm (7 in) high
1 x submersible pump, with 1.4 m (4 ft 6 in) water head
1 x 350 mm x 12 mm (1 ft 2in x ½ in) semi-rigid tubing
fountain heads (optional)
outdoor cable and conduit (optional)
river stones
rounded pebbles

Preparation
Step 1. You will need to build or install a reservoir to hold water below ground level. You can construct this with bricks and mortar and then render and seal it with bitumen or polyurethane, or simply sink a watertight container in the ground. A bowl-shaped planter made from fiber cement was used here, so the drain hole in the center of the base had to be plugged with epoxy putty.

chalk shape
Step 2.

Step 2. Decide where the water feature is to be built and then either peg or mark out the area with flour or dry chalk powder.

Dig soil
Step 3.

Step 3. If you are working in a garden lawn area, remove sods of turf to use elsewhere and dig a hole the same shape as your chosen container.

Installation

Level container
Step 4.

Step 4. Lower the container into the hole and use a spirit level to check that that the lip is level. If it is not, remove the container and rectify.

place pump container
Step 5.

Step 5. Place the pump in the container and fix the semi-rigid tubing onto the outlet. Cut a hole in the center of the plastic pot and position it upside-down over the pump. This will enable you to contain a greater volume of water in the reservoir than if stones were packed around the pump itself. It is also a good idea to drill three or four holes in the sides (see picture) to allow the water to flow more easily between the pot and the reservoir.

pack stones
Step 6.

Step 6. Now pack river stones around the plastic pot to hide it and create a surface on which the pebbles can sit. Trim the tubing with a sharp knife to the required height. Alternatively, you could set a grid or piece of water-resistant board (fibre-cement, for instance) over the top of the container with a hole in the center for the tubing, making allowance for water to run back into the reservoir below.

Step 7. Finally, pack the pebbles over the river stones, covering a wider circumference than that of the bowl.

Connecting the fountain
Step 8. You will, of course, need to plug the submersible pump into a power socket if the feature is in the garden, some distance from the house, you will have to bury cable underground.

Pebble Fountain jet
Step 9.

Step 9. When the pump is operated with a fountain head fitting, a jet of water gushes into the air like a geyser

Fountain dome
Step 10.

Step 10. If you wish, you may slot a different fountain head onto the tubing in order to change the effect altogether. The dome- or mushroom-nozzle is always a favorite for pebble fountains.

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