The weather is growing warmer, and while many of us may not have the land or money for a big pool, a small bath or garden fountain can provide plenty of enjoyment. We asked renowned landscape architectural firm Page|Duke to share with us some inspiration for integrating smaller water features into yards. (And now, of course, we’re all pining for one!) Enjoy these little slices of paradise!

this lush courtyard is the perfect balance between masonry and green space. Part of 8 garden fountains featured in this article by StyleBlueprint

Overgrown but not overdone, this lush courtyard is the perfect balance between masonry and green space.

Many factors inform the design of a fountain. If a statue or piece of art is located at its center, the masonry and planting should direct focus toward such ornamentation. In some instances, as seen above, the landscaping shrouds the water feature, encouraging onlookers to approach the fountain and even sit on its rim. In other cases, when the fountain is meant to be viewed from a distance, planting around its base is kept minimal. As evident below, the art placed at the heart of a fountain is often a romantic statue, intended to be circumnavigated.

This elongated fountain designed by Page|Duke is capped by a feminine statue. Part of 8 garden fountains featured in this article by StyleBlueprint

This elongated fountain designed by Page|Duke is capped by an elegant statue that keeps the water flowing.

This stately water feature is the perfect ornament on this manicured lawn. Part of 8 garden fountains featured in this article by StyleBlueprint

This stately water feature, centered with a white statue, is the perfect ornament on a beautifully manicured lawn.

This rustic stone fountain by Page|Duke is the perfect platform for dramatic  lighting.  Part of 8 garden fountains featured in this article by StyleBlueprint

This rustic fountain is decorated with a turtle spout. The mix of weathered stones provides texture and depth.

Oftentimes, a water feature is built directly onto an exterior wall of a home or into its foundation. In such cases, the design of the fountain and the materials used to create it are largely informed by the preexisting aesthetics of the house. Evident in the two fountains shown above and below, a spherically shaped water feature is the perfect platform for a dynamic lighting installation. Each of these fountains becomes an even more dramatic spectacle at nightfall.

"Water is the most evocative of all elements in a garden. It is poetic in its imagery, reflective in quality."- Ben Page Part of 8 garden fountains featured in this article by StyleBlueprint

This spherical fountain adds dimension to the exterior facade of the home.

It’s common for a water feature to be used as additional seating in a backyard. In the photo beneath, a rectangular fountain with an elevated wall sits across from a stone fireplace. It balances the design of the patio and sustains a compelling dialogue between the two elements of fire and water. Not only does the small bath provide a soothing sound, its spout also creates a gorgeous ripple effect atop the surface of the water that is equally cathartic.

This small rectangular fountain designed by Page|Duke brings tranquility to this shaded patio. Part of 8 garden fountains featured in this article by StyleBlueprint

This small, rectangular garden fountain brings tranquility to the shaded patio.

When planting around a water feature, the designers at Page|Duke are cognizant of how the fountain is meant to be approached. In the photo below, taken at a home in the Garden District of New Orleans, tropical plants form a green alleyway, channeling traffic to the base of the fountain. The lush landscaping ensconces the water feature, providing protection and privacy, and making us feel as though we have entered Eden or some other consecrated space. The stone mosaic at the base of the fountain emanates from the cascading spout at the center, thereby reinforcing the sense of symmetry.

Lined by greenery, this shrouded fountain in New Orleans is a hidden paradise. Part of 8 garden fountains featured in this article by StyleBlueprint

Tucked behind a New Orleans home in the Garden District, this shrouded fountain is a hidden paradise.

A stone mosaic lines the bottom of the fountain, providing texture and dimension.  Part of 9 garden fountains featured in this article by StyleBlueprint

Take another look as this gorgeous fountain that caps the tree-lined walkway.

At this home in Memphis (below), a circular fountain was built behind the porch of the master bedroom. The transition between the porch doors and the stone walkway is seamless, carrying the momentum of the design outward and into the yard. This particular water feature is encapsulated by low boxwood bushes, creating an intimate space intended to be accessed. Again, an elaborate pebbled mosaic lines the bottom of the water feature, adding texture, color and dimension to the overall design. The results are sheer bliss.

The soothing sound of moving water is audible from the adjacent porch.

The soothing sound of moving water is audible from the adjacent porch.

 The bottom is lined with and intricate stone which reflect beautiful earth tones through the surface of the water. Part of 9 garden fountains featured in this article by StyleBlueprint

Step closer to this round water feature. The bottom is lined with an intricate stone mosaic, which reflects beautiful earth tones through the surface of the water.

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you … Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone.” ― Margaret Atwood

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A special thanks to the team at Page|Duke Landscape Architects for sharing their expertise with us today. To see more of their work, click here

Photography provided by John Chiasson