Consider Getting a Stand-Alone Water Feature for Your Backyard

Self-contained fountains are great for anyone looking for affordability and convenience. Since all components are included with the fountain, no extra parts are required. win258__06164.jpg Yet another name for a fountain having its own water supply is referred to as “self-contained”.

Self-contained water fountains are quite easy to set up making them the ideal option for your patio or veranda. They are also not difficult to move from place to place.

The spot you want to put your fountain will need to be level, so your landscaper will need to first decide if this is the case. Lawns and gardens tend to be lumpy so your landscaper will have to level the area where you want to put it. Your water feature is now ready for placement and the addition of water. It is finally time to plug it in using either an electrical outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

If you need a fountain that will not require an outside water source or additional plumbing, a self-contained fountain is best. Many people put them in the center of the garden, but they can really go anywhere. Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just a few of the materials used to build them.

The Purpose of Water Elements in Japanese Gardens

You will never see a Japanese garden that does not feature a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are viewed as symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

Bamboo is a widely accepted material to use for spouts and therefore often integrated into water fountains. The basin, which tends to be built of stones, receives the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. People usually make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people normally decorate it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. As you can perhaps guess, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

If you are hoping for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. The idea is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the area, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Anyone who has an extensive spot to work with can, of course, install a much bigger water feature. Nice add-ons include a babbling creek or tiny pool with koi in it.

Japanese fountains, though, do not really need to have water in them. Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. You can also gather flat stones and position them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Fountains for Compact Areas

Since water is reflective, it has the effect of making a small space appear larger than it is. Augmenting the reflective attributes of a fountain or water feature are possible by using dark materials. If your intention is to highlight your new feature at night, underwater lights in various colors and shapes will do the trick. Eco-lights powered by sunlight can be used during the day whereas you can use lights to brighten your backyard at night. Often utilized in natural therapies, they help to lessen anxiety and stress with their calming sounds.

Water just blends into the greenery in your backyard. Your pond, man-made river, or fountain is the perfect feature to draw people’s attention.

Examples of places where you can install a water element include large yards or small patios. The best way to perfect the atmosphere, place it in a good place and use the right accompaniments.

The Advantages of a Water Fountain to Your Daily Life

The movement and sound of water emitted from a fountain have two health benefits: cleaning the air and proving a place of relaxation and tranquility, both of which will better your quality of life.

You might be amazed to learn of all the benefits of being around an indoor or outdoor garden fountain. All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be linked to the fact that the human body consists mainly of water. While you could invest in an extravagant beach house or plunge into the ocean every day to experience the benefits of water, getting a water feature is much easier and less costly!

Upgrade any outdoor area by adding a beautiful outdoor garden fountain. Outdoor water elements can further enhance even the most beautiful space. A wonderful idea is to install one on the wall of your screened porch, or perhaps outside as part of your outdoor decor. Your flower garden will become a place of luxurious decadence and tranquility if you put in a tiered version. Due to the continuous flow of water in a birdbath fountain, algae and bacteria do not build up, and birds come flocking to the pure water. The final detail your garden area needs to be an oasis of serenity is the sound of flowing water.

A Glimpse into the Origins of Outdoor Fountains

During his time in control (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the erudite Pope Nicholas V commissioned countless of translations of old Greek classics into Latin.

Making the city into the deserving capital of the Christian community was important to him, so he also took steps to enhance it. Beginning in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent reconstruction at the bidding of the Pope. Nicholas V also embarked on the building of mostras, an ancient Roman tradition of putting up grand public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. At his behest, the architect Leon Battista Alberti began the building of a wall fountain in the place where the imposing Trevi Fountain now stands. The modifications, as well as the extensions included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually made it possible to provide the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water to function.

The Extraordinary Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Display in Rome

Incredible discoveries of both Christian and pagan origin have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture found at the entrance of the nearby basilica. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was not well known and situated far from sight making it difficult to visit.

Due to the fact that the nearby area was depressing and mostly uninhabited, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI commissioned the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11. 1717 was when work on the church’s infrastructure commenced. The consecration of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.


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