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Southeast Gardening: Fountain in a Pot

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Water in the garden is a magnet for people and wildlife. With a self-contained fountain in a pot, you can add splash to your garden for less than $100.


I already had:

  • a large pot
  • outdoor plug with GFCI
  • old terra-cotta saucer

I needed to buy:

  • smartpond® pump
  • smartpond® nozzle kit
  • half-inch tubing
  • silicone adhesive

My pot measures about 24x24 inches and, as with most pots, there was already a drainage hole in the bottom. This is ideal because a hole is needed for the electrical cord to run from the pump in the pot to the outlet outside the pot.

I chose the 200 - 300-gallons-per-hour (GPH) pump because I like having both the low-water shutoff and the light for nighttime. Then I had to buy the nozzle kit, because it was not included with this model. And of course I needed a section of the half-inch tubing to connect the two. Although the pump is more powerful than I need, I was able to turn the dial that controls the water flow and lower it to a level that suits my pot.

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Silicone adhesive fills the gap around the cord where it exits the pot through the drainage hole. Be sure to allow time for drying.


The bottom of the pot is domed, so I used an old terra cotta saucer upside down to give the pump and light a level spot.


The nozzle kit was attached with a section of 1/2-inch tubing. The dial is used to adjust the height of the spray.


Use a level, because the surface of the water will be, even if your pot is not.

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