Enhance Your Garden with the Help of Feng Shui

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

When adding feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small space works. Of course, a big area is ideal if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

Whether you are introducing feng shui design to your home or garden, the tools are the same. twfs013__89973.jpg The initial step is to figure out the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is vital to start by knowing how to strengthen each of its five elements.

The Earth element, for example, should be positioned 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 serene 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 ideal for a water element.

Reasons to Consider Installing a Disappearing Water Feature in your Garden

The term “pondless fountain” is just another way to call a disappearing fountain. You are not able to see where the water comes from, as it is below ground. Disappearing fountains should be positioned near any place people hang out frequently, as they add so much to the surrounding area. They come in a wide variety of designs, some of which are ceramic urns, waterfalls, granite columns, and millstones.

Disappearing fountains also have many benefits. The water rises from underground and does not create a large pool above ground so any danger to those around it is minimized. This means that children can safely play around it. Evaporating water is also not an issue because the water supply is not exposed to heat. This kind of fountain, therefore, is a good option for regions where there is a need to conserve water. The water source will remain clean and free of debris since it is below gound and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to spend a lot of time cleaning it. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit nearly any place you want.

The Reason Behind Fountains in Japanese Landscapes

No Japanese garden is finished without a water element. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is typically placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes.

Since water is supposed to be the central point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very simple.

Bamboo is a common material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains. Under the bamboo spout is usually a stone basin which receives the water as it flows down from the spout. Even when new, it should be crafted to appear as if it has been out in the open for a long time. People want their fountain to seem as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. To the owner of the fountain, it clearly is more than just attractive decor.

If you want to get a bit more imaginative, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. In time, as moss progressively covers the rocks, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

If you are fortunate enough to have a big section of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Popular water feature enhancements are a koi pond or any sort of little pool, or even a wandering brook.

There are different options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water.

The impression of a creek with running water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.

Tiered Water Elements for your Garden

Fountains with more than one tier are very easy to find, and popular above all in gardens. The countries in the southern region of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. Likely places to see them are in courtyards and piazzas. Beautiful carvings can be found on some of the most elaborate tiered fountains, while others have much simpler designs.

Any area can be embellished with one, even though a more traditional setting is sometimes more appropriate. The fountain should seem as old as the rest of the decor and blend in accordingly.

The Origins of Modern Outdoor Water Fountains

Hundreds of classic Greek writings were translated into Latin under the patronage of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. Making the city into the deserving capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to embellish it. Beginning in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent reconstruction at the bidding of the Pope. Nicholas V also resurrected the Roman custom of installing grand fountains, known as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. The interesting background of the Trevi Fountain go back to an older water fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The water which ultimately provided the Trevi Fountain, as well as the acclaimed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona, came from the rebuilt and altered aqueduct.

The Far-Reaching Benefits of Water Features

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

There are many advantages to having an indoor or exterior water fountain which you may not even understand. It is most likely no coincidence that the human body is made up mostly of water, and that people are attracted to coastal cities. Water is essential for life, and a water feature can provide the benefits of water in a convenient and affordable way.

If you want to make your porch, patio, or back yard even more delightful, think about purchasing an outdoor garden fountain.

Even if you are already content with your outdoor area, the introduction of one of the many outdoor fountains available will make you appreciate it even more. If you have a screened porch, consider 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 sense of peace. You will notice lots of birds visiting your garden if you install a birdbath fountain, as the water stays fresher than still water since it is continuously flowing. Add the final touch with the enticing sound of moving water in your garden.


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