Fountain Finds Its Special Purpose

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Scott Cohen provides tips on creative ways to re-purpose fountains.

“Fountains are always great in theory but often poorly maintained by home-owners. Clients forget to keep them cleaned and filled, and they often end up becoming a chore instead of the focal point pleasure they were intended to be”

Garden Artisan Scott Cohen likes converting water thirsty fountains into beautiful floral displays for succulents. When most homeowners think of having a fountain displayed in their yard, words like “tranquility,” “peace,” and “relaxation” come to mind. Unfortunately, what they end up dealing with is the exact opposite. Constant care and maintenance can replace relaxation with frustration, resulting in an unused and unseemly fountain.

“Fountains are always great in theory but often poorly maintained by home-owners. Clients forget to keep them cleaned and filled, and they often end up becoming a chore instead of the focal point pleasure they were intended to be,” says Scott Cohen, President and Garden Artisan at The Green Scene Landscaping and Swimming Pools company in Los Angeles, California.

Cohen’s solution? Convert them into planters! Each level of pottery can be drilled out for drainage and the backs filled with fast draining sandy-loam soil cacti planting mix.

DISOCACTUS FLAGELLIFORMIS (Rat Tail Cactus)
“Rat Tail Cactus” (left) is flourishing in its new home in an outdated fountain.
Care & Maintenance: Rat Tail cacti thrive in warm, sunny environments. Although they are cacti, watering is necessary from time to time, and should be more frequent during the springtime. Fill your fountain with a mixture of loam and vermiculite or perlite prior to planting.

Scott Cohen is an acclaimed garden designer, author, and licensed contractor in landscape, pool and general construction whose award-winning work has been showcased frequently on HGTV and in numerous books and national magazines. A charismatic and entertaining speaker, Cohen is also the author of 8 design and construction books, including the award-winning Outdoor Kitchen Design Workbook, Poolscapes, The Candid Contractor, and Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits. Cohen is President and Garden artisan at The Green Scene Landscaping & Pools, the premiere landscape design and construction firm in the Los Angeles area. He specializes in high-end swimming pools, spas, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, fire pits, landscaping, water features, vanishing edge pools and more.

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