Add a gen­tle splash

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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

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