The Prevalence of Water Features in Japanese Landscapes

No Japanese garden is whole without a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are seen as emblematic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. s-388__74769.jpg Since water is meant to be the focal point of a fountain, you will notice that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very common. The basin, which tends to be built of stones, receives the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. Even when new, it should be designed to appear as if it has been outside for a long time. People want their fountain to appear as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. As you can likely surmise, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

For something a bit more one-of-a-kind, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then embellish it creatively with live bamboo and other natural elements. Over the years it starts to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss blankets the stone.

If you are fortunate 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.

Water, however, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Good alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water.

In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to create the illusion of a babbling brook.

Incorporate the Power of Feng Shui into Your Yard

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

When introducing feng shui design into your yard, even a very small space is adequate. It is terrific to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can still incorporate feng shui design.

Whether you are bringing feng shui design to your home or garden, the methods are the same. The initial task is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should know how to apply each of them to intensify the energy.

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is necessary to incorporate it. The ideal addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a peaceful Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they 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 element.

An Introduction to Contained Garden Water Features

People love contained fountains for their easy installation and lower price. Since all components are included with the fountain, no additional parts are required. There is another use for the label “self-contained”, a reference to a fountain that has its own water reservoir.

Since they do not require much work to set up, self-contained fountains are perfect for patios and porches. They are effortlessly transportable too in case you later choose to move it somewhere else.

The landscaper will first inspect that the spot where you want your fountain to go is flat. Any lumps can quickly be leveled by your landscaper. Your water feature is now set for placement and the addition of water. Last but not least, connect it to a solar panel, a wall outlet, or batteries, and it should be ready to go.

The best option for anyone who wants flexibility and does not want to use external plumbing or water source is a self-contained fountain. The center of a garden is a popular place for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be placed anywhere. There are a number of materials that can be used to make them including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Tips for Installing an Outdoor

A lot of people forget about the need for an electrical socket or water source close by when considering where to locate their garden fountain. People sometimes overlook the technical things because they get caught up in the excitement of installing their newest purchase. Most power cords are 12 feet long and require a 120v outdoor socket, though an extension cord can always be added. You will also require a water resource close by so that you can conveniently fill your water fountain. Hauling water is tough and laborious. The easiest way to fill the fountain is with a nearby water hose. A water fountain autofill is an even better solution, but will require the help of an expert who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

Garden Fountains for Compact Spots

Since water is reflective, it has the effect of making a smaller spot appear larger than it is. Dark materials alter the reflective properties of a fountain or water feature. When the sun goes down, you can use underwater lights in different colors and shapes to illuminate your new feature. Eco-lights fueled by sunlight can be used during the day whereas you can use lights to jazz up your backyard at night. Natural therapies use them because they exude a calming effect which helps to relieve stress as well as anxiety.

The foliage in your yard is a great spot to fit in your water feature. Your pond, artificial river, or fountain is the perfect feature to draw people’s attention. Examples of areas where you can install a water element include large yards or small patios. The best way to improve the ambience, place it in a good place and use the right accompaniments.

A Peek into the Roots of Wall Fountains

Countless of ancient Greek documents were translated into Latin under the authority of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. He also undertook the embellishment of the city to turn it into the true capital of the Christian world. Starting in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an historical Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent reconstruction at the behest of the Pope.

Nicholas V also reinstated the Roman custom of installing imposing fountains, known as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. At his behest, the architect Leon Battista Alberti began the construction of a wall fountain in the spot where the magnificent Trevi Fountain now stands. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included changes and extensions which eventually allowed it to supply the necessary water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.


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