A water feature is a wonderful addition to the garden, bringing the relaxing sound of a babbling brook into a residential space.
However, these features are often expensive and their fountains and pumps consume a lot of electricity.
Solar water features aim to overcome these problems, offering water features that won’t cost – or harm – the earth.
Solar power is one of the greenest sources of energy in the world, transforming the heat from the sun into electricity and as a consequence is much cheaper than other, powered water features – not only are solar powered water features free-standing and don’t have to be installed, solar power is free.
A solar water feature won’t add to your electricity bills; simply put it in a sunny part of the garden and enjoy it for years, for free.
Moving water features are helpful for you and your neighbours, too. As well as their relaxing sound, the constant water movement means that mosquitoes won’t breed in it, reducing the chance of you getting bitten on warm summer nights.
Below, we’ve curated a list of tasteful, understated solar water features for your garden.
Looking for other solar garden features? Have a look at our guide to solar lighting.
Seven of the best solar water features
Browse our pick of solar water features, below:
OKMEE GD087B Solar Water Fountain 4-in-1 Nozzle
This clever floating solar pump can turn any pool of standing water into a fountain. Simply place it in sunlit water and it will spray a gentle jet upwards. It has four different modes, so you can choose the display and is a great solar powered water feature for those on a budget.
Blumfeldt Ocean Planet Solar Fountain
This understated water feature is perfect for small gardens and patios. It would look fantastic nestled in with small plant pots, or in a herb garden. What’s more, this feature also has four LEDs and can operate for up to 8 hours at night, for gentle evening lighting.
Budding Dahlia Solar Bird Bath
Give birds a place to drink and wash with this bird bath solar water feature. Not only can you enjoy the gentle trickle and soft lighting of this water feature, but birds can too. What’s more, the constant motion of the water means it doesn’t need replacing, keeping birds clean and hygienic.
Transcendence Solar-Powered Garden Water Feature
This rustic solar panel water feature is perfect for cottage or country gardens. Its faux-wood exterior make it perfect for hiding amongst trees and shrubs for a subtle, naturalistic effect. After dark, this solar water feature lights up, turning the homely brown vases into tiny pots of gold.
Blumfeldt Schönbrunn Sphere Fountain
This impressively modern solar water feature would make a fantastic addition to contemporary gardens. At 72cm (2.3ft) it’s tall enough to be a focal point in patios or flowerbeds, but small enough that it can be an inconspicuous feature in corners or marking paths. Like the other Blumfeldt model featured here, the Schönbrunn has LED lights, so you can continue enjoying it after dark.
Solaray Perth 4-Tier Herb Planter Cascading Water Feature
This feature is perfect for organising herbs without your garden becoming too utilitarian. With four tiers, you can grow a wide variety of common kitchen herbs and introduce natural flavours to your food, all with the relaxing sound of trickling water.
Smart Garden Solar Genoa Cascade
This feature is particularly suited to landscaped spots such as seating areas or patios but would look equally lovely nestled within a border and at just 40cm, would even work in small balcony gardens.