The Many Types of Garden Water Features

Gardens allow you to escape into nature and be outside when you want. Even though 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. Both the “curb appeal” and the value of your home will be driven up when you put in an eye-catching garden. There are many ways to enhance the visual appeal of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

A water fountain can significantly alter the aesthetics of a garden. 8802-0104__86317.jpg A true fantasyland can be developed from what used to be a very simple spot. The ambiance of your garden will be very different once you install a water fountain, as the calming sounds of the water will create an oasis for you as well as for the friendly birds and animals it will entice. Before you know it, the whole entire garden or yard will have a new focal point.

Reasons to Give Thought To Putting in a Pondless Water Element in your Backyard

Disappearing fountains also go by the term “pondless” fountains. The water flows from a covered source, hence the name. An ideal place for a disappearing fountain is anywhere that gets regular foot traffic, as it adds lovely visual and sound effects to the environment. They are available in a range of unique styles including waterfalls, columns made of granite, ceramic pots, and millstones.

There are many reasons to think about choosing a disappearing fountain. Since the water source is below ground, there is no exposed water to pose a threat to those around it. Therefore, it is okay for children to hang out near it. Moreover, you will not need to stress about losing water to evaporation since it is stored below ground. This means you will use less water than if you had another type of fountain. This type of fountain is ideal if you do not have a lot of time to clean it often since neither dirt nor algae can get to it underground. Finally, you can have one just about anywhere since it takes up so little space.

Incorporate the Spirit of Feng Shui into Your Garden

Add feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can bring energy into your home.

Size is not the primary concern when adding feng shui design to your garden. Of course, a large area is fantastic if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well.

Whether you are bringing feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. The first task is to know 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 understand how to utilize each of them to maximize the energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast part of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design.

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.

Typical Water Elements Found in Japanese Gardens

You will rarely see a Japanese garden that does not have a water element. You will often notice Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simple because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

Bamboo is a popular 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. People generally make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. It is essential that the overall look of the fountain fits in with the natural environment, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a pretty add-on.

If you are searching for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain made of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. Before long moss begins to creep over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area begins to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

Anyone who has an extensive spot to work with can, of course, install a much bigger water feature. 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. Attractive rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. You can also collect flat stones and position them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Why a Water Fountain Can Make Your Environment Better

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

There are many advantages to having an interior or exterior water fountain which you may not even recognize.

People around the world pulled to coastal cities and major bodies of water, most likely driven by the fact that our bodies have a high water content. While there are many extravagant ways to incorporate the benefits of water into your daily life (like investing in a beach house!), a much more attainable option is to install a water feature in your home.

Your patio, porch, or back yard can be upgraded by installing an outdoor garden fountain. However lovely it already is, your site will be even more beautiful if you add an outdoor water feature from the wide variety available. If you have a screened porch, think about installing one there, or if not, then on the external wall above your patio. If you have a flower bed, think about installing a beautiful tiered model there to add a feeling of tranquility. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to motionless water, means that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for cleaner water for wild birds. The hypnotic sound of trickling water is the magic touch your garden area needs to become an oasis of peace.

A Wall Water Feature to Fit Your Design

A small patio or a courtyard is a great place to situate your wall fountain when you seek peace and quiet. Moreover, it can be designed to fit into any wall space since it does not occupy much room. The required components include a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump regardless of whether it is freestanding or secured. There are any variety of models to pick from such as conventional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

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

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


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