Turn Your Garden Fountain Into A Planter

August 15, 2022

There's more than one way to use a garden fountain and today I'm going to show you how. I repurposed ours into a planter!

red flowers trailing vines pink purple petunias garden fountain planter

Last spring my husband brought home some roadside rescue: a neighbor's discarded garden fountain. While we had never had a fountain before we thought why not?  

vintage garden two-tiered fountain back yard mulch

While it needed a bit of work to become functional again he was up to the task.

top of garden fountain pineapple top tier

I found the details charming and the patina awesome!  

detailed bottom base of garden fountain sitting in mulch

And he made it work! We loved it. There's something to be said for sitting on your patio and listening to the soothing sound of running fountain water.

Unfortunately, even though he covered it to protect it over the winter, it somehow got knocked over and became cracked just enough to relegate it as beyond repair for use as a fountain. While we were saddened by it, I told him not to put it out to the curb just yet.

 three-tiered garden fountain yard gargoyle

In the meantime, he went out and ordered a new fountain to replace it. Quite similar, no?

garden fountain running water

It's a bit smaller overall, but it's a three-tier versus a two-tier! And this one comes with built-in lights so you can appreciate it in the evening as the sun goes down. 

three tier garden fountain

He also built a nice brick platform for this one. After he got it up and running I got to work on the old one.

vintage fountain filled with flowers

I can't say when I made the realization that I could use the old fountain as a planter, but once I did I was super happy with the idea! 

dreamy garden flowers plants fountain planter

Honestly, I wasn't sure which, if any, flowers would or could thrive in such a shallow container.

sunset golden hour fountain planter flowers

But I took a shot and planted my beloved petunias, impatiens, geraniums and classic vinca vine for a dramatic effect. Classic summer garden fare that I'm happy to say really did thrive. 

red geraniums vinca vine petunias fountain planter

These photos are of the repurposed garden fountain in progress. 

red geraniums vinca vine in planter together

petunias impatiens pink flowers growing in container

pink and purple petunias

pineapple two tier garden fountain

I made sure to water and deadhead each of the plants every day. They were also fertilized with Miracle-Gro in the beginning of the summer. Other than that I left them to their own devices and they did not disappoint.

Do you have an old, non-working fountain or other container you can fill with flowers? Maybe an old bird bath? Use your imagination. I think you'll be surprised with what you come up with!

Well, that's it for today, friends!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my

Repurposed Garden Fountain Into A Planter

and that I've inspired you in some way. 

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Debra@CommonGround said...

gorgeous, Kathleen. Like you, I'm surprised that it is deep enough to plant geraniums. All the flowers are bright and lovely! Great job on the makeover!

My thrift store addiction said...

I do this, too! ;) Love the colors you chose!

Susan said...


Ann said...

Great upcycle! The flowers are beautiful.

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