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How To Make a Fountain for an Herb Garden

A bubbling fountain adds pleasant sounds to the garden that will work together with the intense smells of the herbs to create quite an impact. Here's how to make one.

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bubbling fountain adds pleasant sounds to garden
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Create the Base

The first step in this project is to make a level, sturdy base for the fountain. Use something flat as the base. The base must be perfectly even, or the water won't be level in the urn -- and you don't want it to be unbalanced and tip over when it's full of water.

make a level, sturdy base for fountain

Step 2: Add the Urn and Pump

Once the steppingstone base is secure and level, set the urn on top and place the pump in the bottom of the urn. When you fill the urn with water, the pump will make the water bubble up and create a quiet splashing noise. The water will move enough to add sound to the garden but not enough to flow over the top of the urn.

place pump in bottom of urn

Step 3: Finish the Fountain

Add stones to raise the fountain to its proper height (Image 1). Then fill the urn half full with water (don't get it too full until you see how the pump works). Add water slowly until you get the effect you like (Image 2).