Introduce the Spirit of Feng Shui into Your Backyard

su1860_2__48574.jpg When applied to your yard, feng shui design will draw its beneficial energy into your home as well.

As far as the size of your garden goes, it is not extremely important when introducing feng shui design to it. If you have a lush, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

Whether you are introducing feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. In order to understand the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first have to understand your home’s bagua.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should learn how to utilize 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 essential to use it. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a tranquil Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Give some thought to integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Alluring Backyard Tiered Water Elements

For a long time now, multi-tiered fountains have been common, particularly in gardens. These kinds of fountains are popular in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries. The courtyards of buildings and communal areas are just two the places you might find one. Tiered fountains come in a wide variety of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively simple types.

People love to feature them in places having a classic look and feel. The fountain should seem as old as the rest of the space and fit in accordingly.

Do Pets Enjoy Outdoor Fountains?

House pets may be dubious of a new water feature so be certain to take them into consideration before purchasing one. Your freestanding fountain may be taken for a big pool or a drinking pond by your pooch. Your cherished pets will probably take well to a water element in your backyard. You should consider the fact that birds might think they have found a new place to bathe when they notice your fountain so think carefully where you put it. If you intend to deliberately entice birds, however, installing a birdbath is an ideal solution. The indoor use of wall water fountains is entirely possible if wish to prevent these issues. It is common to see these types of fountains in dental or medical offices as well as in lavish homes.

Factors to Know When Putting in a Garden Water Fountain

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a handy water source and an electrical outlet in close proximity. Sometimes new owners get so caught up in the romanticism of their new purchase that they forget important details.

Do not forget that an extension cord can be handy if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the standard length of power cords. It will be necessary to replenish your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water in the area. Hauling water is hard and laborious. A nearby garden hose is helpful when time comes to fill the fountain. A water fountain autofill will make your life easier in the long run, but this requires a specialist to install since it must be connected to an external water line.

The Prevalence of Fountains in Japanese Landscapes

You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not feature a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing, so it is typically placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is supposed to be the focal point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Many people also choose a water fountain that has a bamboo spout. The basin, which tends to be built of stones, collects the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. It must have a worn-down, weathered feel as well. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are commonly put in place around a fountain so that it seems more in line with nature. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a beautiful add-on.

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

Bigger water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Think about adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not have to be an addition in a Japanese water fountain. Potential alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to symbolize water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to create the impression of a babbling brook.

The Captivating Origin of the Outdoor Water Fountains

The Roman academic Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455) decided to have hundreds of ancient Greek books translated into Latin. He also undertook the embellishment of the city to turn it into the true seat of the Christian world. Beginning in 1453, he called for the restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a wrecked Roman aqueduct which had transported fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Nicholas V also reinstated the Roman convention of installing grand fountains, known as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by him to build a wall fountain where we now find the breath-taking Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had rebuilt included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply the necessary water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.


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