While water features are a favorite garden addition, welcome for their soothing sounds and looks, not all fountains need be of the aqueous persuasion. A non-functioning pump meant money needed to be spent on either a rather expensive replacement or else plants. Already having another fountain for sight and sound enjoyment made the decision easy!
Since this is a fountain, after all, made to contain water, the first step in the transformation was to drill holes in the bottom basin to allow for drainage. Several bags of succulent potting mix were used to fill the three tiers and planting began. Various succulents were gathered from their homes in pots around the garden and much rearranging was done to decide on proper placement. After a trip (actually three) to search out additional plants the design was completed.
Now, several months later, the succulents have done as hoped and begun to overflow. It is further hoped that plans currently in development (!) will allow the plants to survive the rainy winter. Succulents don't mind our chilly winters if they don't have soaking wet feet and, although I usually move the potted succulents under the patio for protection from the rain, a different solution will be needed...I am obviously not moving the fountain!
I'm really liking the lushness of the plantings as they fill in and, with the lights on, it is pretty cool at night too!