Investing in a solar water feature makes an eco-friendly way to spruce up your garden before spring. A pretty fountain bubbling in a corner next to your outdoor dining set will help create a relaxing spot to enjoy your morning coffee while serving as a charming focal point at the same time. The soothing sound of trickling water makes a lovely added perk.
Adding a water feature to your garden also spells good news for local wildlife. A water source can help attract birds, providing the perfect pit stop for them to drink and bathe on a hot day.
Solar water features don’t use electricity, as they run solely off the sun’s energy, making them more eco-friendly than mains-powered options. They also won’t bump up your utility bills at the end of the month – something that’s always appreciated.
How do solar water features work?
Solar water features draw power from sunlight via solar panels either fixed onto the fountain itself or attached via a cable. The panels must be kept in a well-lit spot to keep them sufficiently charged.
Do solar water features run at night?
This depends on the design. Some models will only be able to run while the sun is out and for a short amount of time once it gets dark. Others come with back-up batteries that are charged by the solar panel during the day, allowing the feature to continue running at night. We’ve noted below if our picks come with back-up batteries or not.
Why might a solar water feature not work?
The most likely explanation is that your fountain isn’t getting enough sunlight, particularly if it tends to stop working in the winter months when the days are shorter and darker. Try moving it to a sunnier spot if possible.
If your water feature uses solar panels connected via a cable, make sure these are secure. If it still isn’t working, give the pump a thorough clean as there may be a build-up of sediment.
How often should you change the water?
Replacing the water every week means that algae is less likely to build up and the feature will be easier to clean – simply wipe it with a damp cloth before you add fresh water. Remember to remove any leaves and other fallen debris that could block the pump.
Choosing the best solar water feature for you
No matter your garden scheme, there are plenty of lovely solar water features to choose from. For big spaces, an extravagant multi-tiered sculpture will bring a regal touch to your patio area. For a smaller garden, there are lots of petite options that can be nestled among the plants on your rockery. Or, go for an elegant wall-mounted feature to utilise your available space most effectively and leave more room for your bistro set.
Stylish sphere-shaped designs are a great option for modern interior fans, while a traditional bird bath will help create a quiet spot for local wildlife to enjoy. A pretty sculpture, like this wholesome display of two children collecting water, will give your garden some character.
We’ve found a good mix of contemporary and classic solar water features we’ve found so you can create a tranquil outside area at home ready for spring 2023.