Contemporary Garden Decor: Garden Fountains and their Roots

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

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water supply, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. 133_h__54822.jpg Designers thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and honor the designer responsible for building it. Roman fountains usually depicted images 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 added fountains to their designs. Fountains enjoyed a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains made to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Urban fountains built at the end of the 19th century functioned only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Decorating city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the functions of modern-day fountains.

Guidelines for Installing an Outdoor Water 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. People sometimes fail to remember the technical details because they get caught up in the excitement of putting in their newest purchase. Most power cords are 12 feet long and require a 120v outdoor socket, though an extension cord can always be added. A convenient place to get water is essential since you will need to fill your fountain. Carrying large quantities of water requires strength so you do not want to have to lug it a long way. A nearby hose can make filling the fountain a lot less demanding. A water fountain autofill is an even better solution, but will call for the help of an expert who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

The Prevalence of Fountains in Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens usually have a water feature. They tend to be put right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing.

The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simplistic because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

Many people also get a water fountain that has a bamboo spout. The water passes through the bamboo spout and collects in the stone basin underneath. People typically make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. People want their fountain to seem as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Obviously, this fountain is something more than just a regular decoration.

For something a bit more one-of-a-kind, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then embellish it artistically with live bamboo and other natural elements. The idea is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the surroundings, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

More substantial water features can be designed if there is enough open land. Consider adding a lovely final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not need to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. It is acceptable to use representations of water in place of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to give the illusion of a rippling brook.

The Countless Designs of Wall Fountains

Small verandas or courtyards are a perfect place to set up wall fountains because they add style to an area with little space. Whatever style of outdoor wall fountain you are looking for whether it be traditional, modern, classic, or Asian you will undoubtedly find the one you like most. If you are looking for a distinctive design, a customized one can be specially made to meet your specifications.

Depending on your needs, you can choose from mounted or freestanding types. Mounted wall fountains are little and self-contained versions which can be displayed on a wall. Fountains of this type need to be light, therefore, they are usually made of resin (resembling stone) or fiberglass. Large-sized free-standing wall fountains, commonly referred to as floor fountains, have their basins located on the floor and a flat side leaning on a wall. Water features such as these are typically made of cast stone and have no weight restrictions.

Custom-built fountains which can be incorporated into a new or existing wall are often recommended by landscaping designers. A skilled mason is necessary to place the water basin against the wall and correctly install all the plumbing inside or behind the wall. You will need to integrate a spout or fountain mask into the wall. The cohesive look produced by custom-made wall fountains make them appear to be part of the landscape rather than an afterthought.

The Perfect Multi-Level Water Fountain for your Garden

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and common particularly in gardens. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain generally have countless tiered fountains. Common places to spot them are in courtyards and city squares. All multi-level fountains are enchanting, although some have much more elaborate carvings than others.

While they can be located just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic surroundings. If done right, anyone seeing the fountain will assume it has been there for a long time.

Improve Your Backyard with the Aid of Feng Shui

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will bring its beneficial energy into your home as well.

When incorporating feng shui design into your yard, even a very small space works. Of course, a big area is fantastic if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well.

Feng shui techniques are the same whether you are working in your garden or your home. In order to understand the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first want to know your home’s bagua.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is crucial to start by understanding how to strengthen each of its five elements.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be integrated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal development energy. This could be the ideal place to put a meditative Zen garden with some attractive stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas perfect for a water feature.


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