The Many Designs in Backyard Fountains

A garden can be a small sanctuary, providing you a serene place to stop and enjoy some outdoor time. There is nothing as lovely as one to unwind in, something you can keep in mind when you are working to get it set up. Both the “curb appeal” and the value of your real estate will be driven up when you set up an eye-catching garden. 133_b_1__52678.jpg A water feature is not the only way to improve your landscape; consider adding trees and bushes, paving your driveway, or even putting in some special statues.

The visual appeal of any garden can be really improved by merely adding a water fountain. A true fantasyland can be developed from what used to be a very ordinary spot. 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. The rest of the garden will immediately become just background to the beautiful new fountain.

Garden Water Features: Installation Recommendations

When considering where to set up your garden fountain, do not overlook the fact that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. The thrill of owning one occasionally causes people to forget the technical details when setting it up for the first time. The majority of power cords are 12 feet long and require a 120v outdoor outlet, though an extension cord can always be added. A practical place to get water is essential since you will need to fill your fountain. Hauling water is tough and laborious. A nearby hose is useful when time comes to fill the fountain. The ideal setup is with a water fountain autofill, but this has to be attached to an external water line and requires a skilled person to install it.

From Where Did Fountains Begin?

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

Pure practicality was the original role of fountains. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow downwards or shoot high into the air. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and memorialize the designer. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise.

The fountains found in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to extol their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

The end of the 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

These days, fountains decorate public areas and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Display Worth Viewing

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian relics in Rome have come upon a wealth of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was relatively unknown and situated far from sight making it hard to visit. It was said that there was very little to see in this area, as it was abject and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. In order to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain for the area. Work on the church's infrastructure started on on August 11, 1717. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Water Elements: A Must Have in any Japanese Landscapes

You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not have a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are considered emblematic 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 simple because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very popular. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically made of natural rocks, and water trickles out.

People usually make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. People want their fountain to appear as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. As you can perhaps guess, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

An alternative is to get a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. The aim 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.

Anyone who has an extensive area to work with can, of course, install a much larger water feature. Popular water feature enhancements are a koi pond or any sort of tiny pool, or even a meandering brook.

However, water does not need to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. It is okay to use representations of water in place of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. The semblance of a creek with moving water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

Installing a Water Fountain In Smaller Yards

Since water is reflective, it has the effect of making a smaller space appear larger than it is. Dark materials alter the reflective properties of a fountain or water feature. If your objective is to showcase your new feature at night, underwater lights in various colors and shapes will do the trick. Eco-lights fueled by sunlight can be used during the day whereas you can use lights to jazz up your garden at night. Often utilized in natural therapies, they help to diminish anxiety and stress with their calming sounds.

Water just blends into the greenery in your backyard. Your pond, man-made waterway, or fountain is the perfect feature to draw people’s interest. Examples of places where you can install a water element include large lawns or small patios. The most appropriate accessories and the best location for it are important if you want to better the atmosphere.


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