Backyard Fountains: The Styles From Which to Pick

If you want to chill out for a minute and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect spot. win934__57383.jpg While it is not a simple undertaking to build one, you will be grateful you did once you are able to relax and enjoy it. A beautiful garden will boost any property value, as “curb appeal” is key to the market value. There are many ways to enhance the visual charm of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

A significant enhancement to your garden can be achieved by putting in a water fountain. A true fantasyland can be developed from what used to be a very simple spot. You are not the only one who will appreciate the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly animals visiting. All attention will now be focussed on the beautiful fountain.

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

Amazing finds of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The famed marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. The situation of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not frequently visited. The part of town where it was located was forlorn and bleak which generally kept visitors away. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water feature to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the work to put down the foundation of the church. 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.

The Innumerable Possibilities in Garden Wall Fountains

Having a wall fountain in your backyard or on a terrace is great when you seek to relax. Moreover, it can be designed to fit into any wall space since it does not need much room. The requisite elements include a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump regardless of whether it is freestanding or anchored. You have many styles to a lot to pick from whether you are in search of a traditional, popular, classical, or Asian style.

With its basin situated on the ground, freestanding wall fountains, or floor fountains, are normally quite big in size.

A wall-mounted water feature can either be integrated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. The look of your landscape will seem more unified instead of disjointed when you put in this kind of water feature.

The Benefits of a Water Feature to Your Way of Life

Your quality of life will be positively influenced by a fountain as it not only provides you a place of peace and calm, but also serves to clean the air.

You might be amazed to learn of all the rewards of being around an indoor or outdoor garden fountain. Water makes up a considerable percentage of our body constitution, and populations world-wide tend to gravitate towards coastal areas. All living creatures need water to exist, and while you could move to a high-priced house on the beach somewhere, a much easier and less expensive option is to install a water feature wherever you live.

The addition of an outdoor garden fountain to any deck, terrace, or veranda will make a huge difference to your enjoyment of the space. However lovely it already is, your site will be even more beautiful if you add an outdoor water element from the wide variety available. If you have a screened porch, give some thought to installing one there, or if not, then on the outside wall above your patio. If you have a flower bed, think about installing a beautiful tiered model there to add a feeling of peace. Due to the nonstop movement of water in a birdbath fountain, algae and bacteria do not accumulate, and birds come flocking to the clean water.

The hypnotic sound of trickling water is the final touch your garden area needs to become an oasis of peace.

The Plusses of Pondless Fountains in your Backyard

A second term for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. It is known as “disappearing” since the water source is under ground. Any area where there are people, such as a walking path, is perfect for a disappearing fountain since it adds pleasing sounds and a lovely visual effect. They are available in an array of distinctive styles including waterfalls, columns made of granite, ceramic pots, and millstones.

There are many unique advantages to a disappearing fountain as opposed to other fountains. Since the water source is below ground, there is no exposed water to pose a risk to those around it. Therefore, it is okay for children to hang out near it. Moreover, you will not need to be concerned about losing water to evaporation since it is kept below ground. This kind of fountain, therefore, is a good option for areas where there is a need to reduce water consumption. It is very low-maintenance since it is below ground and not exposed to dirt or algae. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit almost any place you wish.

From Where Did Landscape Fountains Come From?

The amazing 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.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to provide potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Artists thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and celebrate the artist responsible for building it. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his dominion over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains constructed to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for open spaces, to honor individuals or events, and enhance entertainment and recreational events.


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