The inspiration for this project came from one of my favorite people, my Mom. She has her back porch set up perfected, a covered gazebo, beautiful green grass, an oasis of a garden with an included water feature surrounded by lush floral and evergreens. Shes even painted her concrete slab to look like over sized terracotta tiles… Creativity runs in my blood, I’m convinced.
I have really been trying to create a back yard space that we want to be in. We have almost an acre fenced out back and so far the only thing we have done with it is occupy it with my pet chickens. They have a 10×14 foot coop off the the side of my backyard and are now contained to one corner of the space with a fenced off run, don’t worry, they have more than enough room, and I will likely be doing a tutorial on their upgraded fence soon! If any of you own chickens, you know containment is the only hope you have for any kind of garden bed. So now that these landscape destroyers are contained I can finally create the beautiful backyard I’ve been dreaming of since I bought my home in 2015!
I started researching fountains, and OH MY are they pricey! I wanted something on the larger scale to really be the focal point of my patio transformation, but most in my price range were tiny, like the kind you may sit in the middle of a patio side table…. I thought I may have to put my fountain on the back burner and save for the one I really wanted. I was searching pinterest for other ideas, decorative planters and so forth when inspiration struck! A stacked flower pot fountain! There were a couple posts on pinterest about assembling one on your own but nothing that really fit the bill. I wanted it as simple, yet, substaintal as possible! Here is what I collected for this project:
-2 larger resin (or really whatever type pot you have, or purchase, you want 2 different sizes ideally, mine were 20″ and 16″ and came from walmart on clearance and for the 2 of them cost me around $25!)
-5 gallon bucket, or large pot to hold up the top pot
-Fountain pump- mine came from home depot, but they also have them at lowes and on amazon.
Hole drill bit and drill if your pot doesnt have a large drainage hole your cord can fit through
-Any type of water proof sealer- I just JB Weld made for boats, also from Home Depot
-an extension cord, if needed to reach your outlet, make sure its rated for outdoor use
-any large rocks you have laying around, or you can purchase these as well
-plants of choice- I chose Creeping Jenny for a nice contrast with my teal pots
Start by preparing your space for the garden, this was probably the most challenging part of this whole project for me, these weeds made themselves at home and it really was a battle to kill them! Once all your weeds are killed, level the spot where your fountain will sit. I set mine on top of a stepping stone I had laying around because this spot in our yard was very rocky and I couln’t get the pot to sit level without it.