Add a gentle splash
Fountains can be accommodated in even the tiniest of gardens. A simple bubble fountain can be made from a small pile of cobbles or pebbles in a stainless steel bowl with water bubbling through. These small fountains are fed by a pump set inside a sunken reservoir that allows the water to bubble up and over (or through) the feature. For something a little larger, circular millstones can be fitted with a spout that allows water to run over and around them, with lush effects achieved by planting moisture-loving plants in deep, damp soil nearby. Small water features of this sort need to be topped up regularly when operational because a lot of water is lost by evaporation.
Unobtrusive bubble fountains add movement and sound without detracting from the overall design
LEFT This tiny patio garden uses a mix of pavers, matching stepping stones and bricks to create a journey to the pergola. A small fountain in the formal pond creates additional sound and movement
ABOVE The plan view shows how every inch of space has been used