Design Options for Garden Water Fountains

Gardens are great places to take a breath from the day-to-day grind and get some fresh air and appreciate nature. If you are going to spend a lot of time in yours, it is worth the effort it takes to do it properly. alp_gxt698__72495.jpg Investing in a breathtaking garden is good, as it will boost the “curb appeal” and value of your home. Experts suggest adding flowers or trees, a pavement, a charming water feature, or unique statues to enhance the overall look of your property.

A water fountain can make a considerable difference to the elegance and tranquility of your garden. A place of balance and serenity will appear from what was at first just a simple spot. 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. All attention will now be focussed on the beautiful fountain.

The Prevalence of Fountains in Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens typically 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 thought to be symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing. Since water is the most important component of any Japanese fountain, the design is generally simple.

You will also see many fountains that have spouts crafted of bamboo. The water flows through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin underneath. People usually make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are often put in place around a fountain so that it seems more connected with nature. To the owner of the fountain, it clearly is more than just nice decoration.

If you are searching for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. 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.

Anyone who has an extensive spot to work with can, of course, install a much bigger water feature. Consider adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

There are alternative alternatives if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Lots of people choose to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in actual water. Natural rocks that are flat and laid out tightly together can be used to create the illusion of flowing water.

A Small Garden Area? You Can Have a Water Fountain too!

You can make your space look bigger due to the reflective effect of water. Dark materials alter the refractive properties of a fountain or water feature. When the sun goes down, you can use submersed lights in different colors and shapes to illuminate your new feature. Eco-lights powered by sunlight can be used during the day whereas you can use lights to brighten your backyard at night. Natural therapies use them because they release a soothing effect which helps to relieve stress as well as anxiety.

The vegetation in your yard is a great spot to fit in your water feature. Ponds, man-made rivers, or fountains are just some of the ways you can you can make it become the central feature on your property. Examples of spots where you can install a water feature include large yards or small patios. Considerably modifying the ambience is possible by placing it in the most suitable place and include the finest accompaniments.

Ways Feng Shui Turn Your Backyard into A Good Place to Think

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

Size is not the most important consideration when incorporating feng shui design to your yard. A huge area is great for those lucky enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to introduce feng shui design into your living space can be used in the garden. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an extension of your home’s bagua, so it is important to determine your home’s first.

Before getting going, make sure you understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their energy.

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

A perfect addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a tranquil Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Think about introducing a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Where did Fountains Originate from?

The dramatic 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 practical purpose. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of gravity. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and memorialize the artist. The main components used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. Fountains played a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the building of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts entered the city of Rome

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for fresh, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative.

Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

Modern fountains are used to embellish public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.

A Fabulous Illustration of Roman Artistry: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian relics in Rome have come upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a famed marble sculpture situated at the entrance of the nearby basilica. Since the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was situated off the beaten track, it remained relatively obscure. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a sad and neglected part of the city. In order to refurbish 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 feature for the area. The job of laying down the church’s first stones began on August 17, 1717. The blessing of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being thrown in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.


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