Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil
Beautiful downspout landscaping ideas and designs are an amazing addition to otherwise drab section of your home’s exterior.
Let’s face it, downspouts are designed to be functional and not so much aesthetic. But, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to spruce them up so they don’t reduce the overall appearance of your home.
Here are some awesome downspout design ideas and upgrades you can take inspiration from.
Downspout Landscaping Ideas & Designs
Into a Flower Bed
One of the best ways to make use of rainwater it to have it go directly into plants. But, too much water can be bad for them. So, but funneling the downspout into the a bed of rocks first helps reduce the amount of water that finally gets into the garden bed.
In addition to being functional, I love this design because it looks amazing as well.
Jigsaw Downspout with Container Plants
This is another way of decorating your downspout. But this time, it is the downspout that’s the main attraction.
By creating a stunning array of extensions and placing planters on the ledges of these extensions, you’ll have something ultra-unique.
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This is one of my favorite downspout landscaping ideas as far as creativity is concerned.
While a lot of designs use rocks to slow down the flow of water and disperse some of the water to plants around it, you can create a series of low, wide dishes to pool some water and slowly allow it to cascade downwards.
Down the Concrete Path
Another one of my top picks, you’ll nee a little bit of masonry skills to put this one together.
Because you’re dealing with a lot of water when it rains hard, it is important that your brick or concrete funnel does not have any leaks.
You don’t want water leaking into the foundation of your home.
This does a great jobs of taking the water away and into the grassy surface.
This DIY downspout landscaping idea is perfect if you want to add something fun and whimsy.
It makes use of 3 water canisters lined up perfectly so when one fills up, it will start pouring water down to the next canister filling it up as well.
Not all downspouts are perfectly positioned to funnel water away from your home. So, a good way to is guide the waterflow towards where you want it to go.
Using rocks and the benefit of a little incline you can control where to take the water so that it does not end up pooling in your lawn, flower bed or too near your home.
Rockpile Under the Downspout
Rocks are one of the most popular downspout landscaping tools. That’s because they don’t have a problem with getting too wet.
And, when staked together, can slow down the flow of water even when the rain if pouring hard.
One way you can use rocks to landscape your downspout is with large slabs of it.
This allows you to make a set of “steps” for the water to slowly flow downwards.
If you find that the distance from your downspout is a bit far from the sidewalks, here’s a great idea you can use.
Instead of layout out tons of rocks which won’t prevent all the water from getting into your lawn, you can build a small creek with those rocks.
The rocks provide a high enough border to keep water streaming from the downspout into the sidewalk.
Bed of Stones
If you really want to prevent water from flowing out of the creases between the stones when the rain pours, here’s a good way tor remedy that.
Placing a metal sheet with borders on the sides under the stocks ensures that all the water is funneled only towards the direction you want.
It also makes for a lovely look as it keeps the rocks looking very neat.
Sometimes, it is the downspout that’s the problem. If you have an old downspout or something that woks but does not match your home’s looks why not cover it up.
This lovely metal trellis wraps around the downspout giving you a clean canvas to work with.
I love using a trellis because you can grow climbers on it. This gives you the freedom to select the perfect plant with the right colors and blooms that will suit that section of your house.
Let the Rocks Guide the Way
This is very similar to the curved sloping water path above.
By setting up rocks a bit embedded into the ground, you’re able to keep the water flowing without over saturating the soil around it.
The is prevents any plants near the rocks from getting too much water when rains come.
Mini Creek Surrounded by Plants
Here’s a smaller version of the creek. And, this is designed to handle less water. It is basically a dry creek for most of the year except when rainy season comes.
The large rocks are a great touch and you can use a different colors, shapes and textures.
- Into a Flower Bed – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/17592254786367946/
- Cascading Dishes – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/43136108918706727/
- Down the Concrete Path – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/99501473004343708/
- Canister Waterfall – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/2392606037721872/
- Stone Landscaping – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/68739068097/
- Rockpile Under the Downspout – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/633387434084337/
- Bed of Stones – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/784400460097594644/
- Downspout Trellis – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/338262622019151921/
- Let the Rocks Guide the Way – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/1407443622704224/
- Mini Creek Surrounded by Plants – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/68739038332/