How a Water Feature Can Make Your Life More Enjoyable

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

You might be surprised to learn of all the rewards of being around an indoor or outdoor garden fountain. Water makes up a large percentage of our body constitution, and populations world-wide tend to gravitate towards coastal areas. Water is required for life, and a water feature can provide the benefits of water in a quick and affordable way. or-145__60095.jpg

If you want to make your porch, patio, or back yard even more relaxing, think about installing an outdoor garden fountain. However lovely it already is, your space will be even more gorgeous if you add an outdoor water feature from the wide variety available. It can be mounted on the exterior wall of your house above the patio, or even on the interior wall of a screened porch. If you have a flower bed, look into installing a beautiful tiered type there to add a sense of harmony. Birds love birdbath fountains because the flow of the water ensures that it stays clean and does not accumulate bacteria and algae. The mesmerizing sound of trickling water is the final touch your garden area needs to become a haven of peace.

The Multiple Styles of Wall Water Fountains

Placing a wall fountain in your backyard or patio is ideal when you want to unwind. You can have one made to suit your specifications even if you have a minimum amount of space. The necessary elements include a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump regardless of whether it is freestanding or anchored. There are any number of models to pick from including traditional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

Normally quite big, freestanding wall fountains, also known as floor fountains, have their basins on the floor.

It is possible to integrate a wall-mounted fountain onto an already existent wall or built into a new wall. Integrating this type of water feature into your landscape adds a cohesiveness to the look you want to attain rather than making it seem as if the fountain was merely added later.

The Purpose of Water Elements in Japanese Landscapes

You will never see a Japanese garden that does not feature a water element. Since Japanese water fountains are seen as emblematic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. Since water is meant to be the focal point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Bamboo is a common material to use for spouts and therefore often added into water fountains. The bamboo spout is positioned over the basin, typically crafted of natural stones, and water trickles out. In addition, it is important to the overall look that it appear as if it has been out of doors for a long time. It is essential that the overall look of the fountain goes with the natural surroundings, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a pretty add-on.

An alternate approach is to buy a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. The idea is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

If you are blessed enough to have a big section of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Nice add-ons include a babbling creek or tiny pool with koi in it.

Japanese fountains, though, do not actually need to have water in them. Many people choose to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in actual water.

You can also assemble flat stones and place them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Pets and Backyard Fountains

Be certain to take your pet into consideration when you are considering putting in a water feature. A pet dog or cat could think that a freestanding fountain is a large pool or a drinking pond. Adding a water element to your yard is a great idea, one which is certain to benefit your pets. Your fountain may fascinate birds who think it is a fantastic place to cool down, so it is important to think about where you will place this type of water feature. Setting up a birdbath is a great solution if you want birds to check out your yard, however. The indoor use of wall water fountains is entirely possible if wish to prevent these problems. Grand homes, in addition to dentist’ and doctors’ offices, often have such fountains on display.

Where did Large Garden Fountains Begin?

The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to enhance your home.

The primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Acting as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create mini variations of the gardens of paradise. The fountains found in the Gardens of Versailles were intended 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 entered the city of Rome

Urban fountains made at the end of the 19th century functioned only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the essential drinking water. The creation of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

Nowadays, fountains decorate public spaces and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

The Outcome of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Gardens

The arrival of the Normans in the second half of the eleventh century irreparably altered The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. The ability of the Normans exceeded the Anglo-Saxons' in design and farming at the time of the conquest. However, there was no time for home life, domestic architecture, and decoration until the Normans had conquered the whole realm. Because of this, castles were cruder buildings than monasteries: Monasteries were often important stone buildings set in the biggest and most fecund valleys, while castles were built on windy crests where their residents dedicated time and space to tasks for offense and defense. The serene method of gardening was unrealistic in these dismal bastions. The best example of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. It is said that the keep was created during William the Conqueror's time. A monumental terrace serves as a hindrance to intruders who would try to mine the walls of the building. On one of these parapets is a scenic bowling green covered in grass and bordered by an aged hedge of yew that has been shaped into coarse battlements.


Setting up a Garden Fountain In Smaller Backyards
Your backyard vegetation is a fantastic place to blend in your water feature. Turn your water feature such as a pond, artificial river, or fountain to turn the central piece of your backyard. Small verandas or major gardens is the perfect place to ... read more
A Glimpse into the Roots of Fountains
During his time in control (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the erudite Pope Nicholas V commissioned countless of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. In addition, beautifying the city and making it the true capital of the Christian... read more
The Broad Range of Outdoor Wall Water Fountains
A wall-mounted fountain can either be incorporated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. Integrating this kind of water feature into your landscape adds a cohesiveness to the look you want... read more
Guidelines for Putting in a Garden Water Feature
When considering where to install your garden fountain, do not forget that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. Occasionally new owners get so caught up in the romance of their new purchase that they forget ... read more
Recommendations for Putting in an Outdoor Water Feature
Two things many people ignore when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a suitable water source and an electrical outlet close by. ... read more
What You Will Require for an Outdoor Fountain
Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a convenient water source and an electrical outlet nearby. The practical side of setting one up is... read more