Vitalize Your Backyard with the Help of Feng Shui

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

When adding feng shui design into your yard, even a very small area works. A huge area is great for those privileged enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design. brk-316__92400.jpg

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

It is also crucial to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to maximize its energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. The ideal addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a serene Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Anyone thinking about adding a water feature 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).

How Many Styles of Backyard Water Fountains Can I Pick From?

Gardens are great places to take a breath from the day-to-day routine and get some fresh air and appreciate nature. While there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and built, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it. Investing in a gorgeous garden is good, as it will boost the “curb appeal” and value of your home. Experts recommend adding flowers or trees, a pavement, a beautiful water feature, or unique statues to enhance the overall look of your property.

A water fountain can significantly alter the aesthetics of a garden. It will transform a plain area into a beautiful place of peaceful tranquility. You are not the only one who will love the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly creatures visiting. The rest of the garden will immediately become just background to the charming new fountain.

The Spectacular Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have come across a wealth 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 entryway. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was relatively unknown and located far from sight making it hard to visit. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and neglected part of the city. In order to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to design a water fountain for the area. Work on the church's foundation started on on August 11, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medals 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 tossed into the foundation.

The Demand for Water Features in Japanese Gardens

A water feature is an important part of any Japanese garden. They tend to be located right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are regarded as being representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. Since water is the most important component of any Japanese fountain, the design is generally simple.

Bamboo is a widely accepted material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains. Under the bamboo spout is generally a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. Even when new, it should be made to appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. People want their fountain to appear as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a nice add-on.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain embellished with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. After some years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss blankets the stone.

If you are lucky enough to have a big plot of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Give some thought to adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

Water, nevertheless, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain.

Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to give the impression of a rippling brook.

The Countless Options in Wall Fountains

You can find tranquility and silence when you add a wall fountain in your backyard or patio. You can have one made to fit your specifications even if you have a minimum amount of space. Whether it is stand alone or fitted, you will require a spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump. Traditional, modern, classic, and Asian are just a few of the styles from which you can consider.

Also knownas a floor fountain, a stand-alone wall fountain is normally rather big, and its basin is installed on the ground.

It is possible to integrate a wall-mounted water feature onto an already existing wall or built into a new wall. The look of your landscape will seem more cohesive instead of disjointed when you put in this style of water feature.

The Benefits of a Water Feature to Your Everyday Life

From improving air quality to adding a feeling of tranquility to the area, a fountain adds so much to your life.

Both an indoor and an outdoor garden fountain will benefit you in ways you might not even grasp. It is most likely no coincidence that the human body is composed mostly of water, and that people are drawn to coastal cities. While there are many luxurious ways to integrate the benefits of water into your daily life (like investing in a beach house!), a much more convenient solution is to put a water feature in your home.

Your patio, porch, or back yard can be enhanced by getting an outdoor garden fountain. You might be surprised how your beautiful outdoor space can be even more appealing with one of the many outdoor water features on the market. A great idea is to put one on the wall of your screened porch, or perhaps outside as part of your outdoor decor. Turn your flower garden into an oasis of serenity by adding a pretty tiered model. Due to the constant flow of water in a birdbath fountain, algae and bacteria do not build up, and birds come flocking to the fresh water. Complete your garden area with the serene sound of flowing water.


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