Integrate the Energy of Feng Shui into Your Yard

Enjoy the health benefits of feng shui by introducing its design elements into your yard.

Do not be concerned if your yard is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. kay-80720__05761.jpg A huge space is great for those privileged enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your home can be used in the garden. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your house’s bagua, you will need to start by understanding the bagua of the house.

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

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 important to use it. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

Anyone thinking about incorporating a water element into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

The Countless Choices in Garden Wall Fountains

You can find tranquility and silence when you add a wall fountain in your backyard or patio.

You can have one custom-built to suit your requirements even if you have a small amount of space. A spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump are essential for freestanding as well as mounted types. There are many different types available on the market including traditional, fashionable, 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.

A stand-alone water feature can either be incorporated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. A unified look can be realized with this type of fountain because it seems to become part of the scenery rather than an added element.

Modern Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Beginnings

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for a noteworthy effect.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via 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 source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Roman fountains usually depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. 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 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to enable fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

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

Dogs, Cats and Fountains

House pets may be dubious of a new water feature so make sure to take them into account before purchasing one. Your stand-alone fountain may be seen as a big pool or a drinking pond by your canine. Think about fitting a water element in your yard since it is a feature that will affect your much loved pets favorably.

Think about the ideal spot to put your fountain if you do not want birds to use it as a bathing pond. If you want to deliberately attract birds, however, putting in a birdbath is a good solution. To prevent this, however, putting in a wall water fountain inside your house is a great alternative. Exclusive mansions, in addition to dentist’ and doctors’ offices, often have such fountains on show.

Self-Contained Water Fountains: Are They Helpful?

Stand-alone fountains are great for anyone looking for affordability and adaptability. The plumbing, pump, and other materials come along with the fountain. Another name for a fountain having its own water source is known as “self-contained”.

Stand-alone water fountains are quite easy to set up making them the best option for your patio or veranda. Due to the fact that they are easily moveable, it is simple to change their location whenever you want.

The first thing the landscaper will need to determine is whether or not the land is even. Any bumps can easily be evened out by your landscaper. You are now prepared to install your water feature and fill it with water. The last thing left to do is to connect it to a power source such as batteries, a wall socket, or a solar panel, and it will be operational.

The best option for anyone who wants convenience and does not want to use external plumbing or water source is a self-contained fountain.

Lots of people position them in the center of the garden, but they can really go anywhere. You will find them in many different materials such as cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

A True Roman Showpiece: The Santa Maria Water Feature in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian artifacts in Rome have come across a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The nearby basilica is largely for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico. 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 because it was bleak and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water feature to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The job of laying down the church’s first stones began on August 17, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medallions bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.


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