The Different Designs in Backyard Water Fountains

A garden can be a little oasis, providing you a serene place to stop and enjoy some outdoor time. wwmhs_ss_1__03475.jpg Although there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and made, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it. Investing in a breathtaking garden is good, as it will increase the “curb appeal” and value of your home. Many people opt to add to their landscaping by putting in statues or other art, re-doing the pavement of their driveway, planting trees, or adding a water feature.

A water fountain can dramatically transform the aesthetics of a garden. Where you once had a plain area, you will now have an outdoor wonderland. You are not the only one who will enjoy the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly animals visiting. Your fountain will promptly turn into the focal point of your garden or yard.

The Story of Fountains

During his time in control (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the learned Pope Nicholas V directed scores of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. Continuing in his quest to make the city deserving of being called the capital of the Christian world, he decided to exalt the beauty of the city as well. The ruined Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water in the into the capital city from countless miles away was restored beginning in 1453 at his behest. In addition, the ancient Roman tradition of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an imposing celebratory fountain, also referred to as a mostra, was renewed by Nicholas V. The fascinating background of the Trevi Fountain go back to an older fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains situtated in the Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo were eventually supplied with water from the modified, reconstructed aqueduct.

Modern Garden Decor: Outdoor Fountains and their Roots

The dramatic or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as supplying drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

Pure practicality was the original role of fountains.

People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs nearby. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains functioned using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Roman fountains often depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. To mark the entrance of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

The end of the nineteenth century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

Contemporary fountains are used to adorn public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

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Interestingly one of Seven Wonders of the World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, were merely terraced rooftop gardens. They were designed to be water-proof and positioned over a big, curved stone substructure with large storage rooms underneath. Water came to the terraces by using hydraulic devices and the soil was deep enough to grow trees with ease. The plants that were widely used were thyme, poppy, anise, and rosemary.

The Advantages of Disappearing Fountains in your Yard

A second term for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. The origin of the water is not visible because it is beneath the surface of the ground. Disappearing fountains should be installed near any place people hang out regularly, as they add so much to the surrounding area. They come in a range of distinct styles including waterfalls, columns made of granite, ceramic pots, and millstones.

There are many special advantages to a disappearing fountain contrary to other fountains. There is no big pool of water that could pose a risk to anyone since the water comes from beneath the ground. That said, you will not have to worry about the safety of your children. Evaporating water is also not a concern since the water source is not exposed to heat. This type of fountain, therefore, is a good choice for areas where there is a need to conserve water. This type of fountain is recommended if you do not have a lot of time to clean it often since neither debris nor algae can reach it underground. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit almost anywhere you wish.

The Many Kinds of Wall Water Fountains

You can find peace and quiet when you add a wall fountain in your garden or patio. Additionally, it can be made to fit into any wall space since it does not occupy much room. Both the stand alone and fitted types need to have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. There are any number of different types available on the market including traditional, contemporary, classical, or Asian.

Also referred to as a floor fountain, a stand-alone wall fountain is normally rather large, and its basin is installed on the ground.

On the other hand, a water feature attached to a wall can be incorporated onto an existing wall or fit into a new wall. The look of your landscape will seem more unified instead of disjointed when you install this style of water feature.


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