Modern Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Beginnings

The amazing or ornamental effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as supplying drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

Pure functionality was the original purpose of fountains. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to supply potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains functioned using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. or-149__46144.jpg Artists thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and celebrate the designer responsible for creating it. The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his dominion over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Decorating city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the uses of modern-day fountains.

Stand-Alone Water Fountains: Are They Practical?

Stand-alone fountains are great for anyone looking for affordability and convenience. All of the pieces are provided with the fountain including the plumbing and pump. Fountains that come with their own water supply are also known as “self-contained”.

Self-contained water fountains are rather easy to install making them the perfect option for your patio or veranda. They are effortlessly transportable too in case you later want to move it somewhere else.

The first thing the landscaper will need to find out is whether or not the land is level. Any bumps can simply be leveled by your landscaper. The time has come to put your water feature in place and fill it with water. The final step is to plug it into a socket, a solar panel, or batteries.

Anyone who does not have direct access to a wellspring or external plumbing should think about a self-contained fountain. Though a fountain can be a focal point anywhere in a garden, many people put them in the middle. There is a range of materials that can be used to make them including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Ways a Fountain Can Make Your Environment More Enjoyable

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

Both an indoor and an outdoor garden fountain will reward you in ways you might not even know. People around the world pulled to coastal cities and big bodies of water, most likely motivated by the fact that our bodies have a high water content. While you could invest in an overpriced beach house or jump in the ocean every day to reap the benefits of water, getting a water feature is much easier and more affordable!

Upgrade any outdoor area by adding a beautiful outdoor garden fountain. Outdoor water features can further enhance even the most enchanting space. It can be mounted on the outside wall of your house above the patio, or even on the interior wall of a screened porch. Add beauty and the lovely music of flowing water to your flower bed with a tiered model. You will notice lots of birds visiting your garden if you add a birdbath fountain, as the water stays fresher than still water since it is continuously flowing. The final detail your garden area needs to be an oasis of peace is the sound of water in motion.

Choose from Many Exterior Wall Fountain Designs

You can create a place to relax as well as add a touch of style to your porch or yard with a wall fountain since they are great adornments to fit into small area. Whatever design of outdoor wall fountain you are searching for whether it be traditional, modern, classic, or Asian you will certainly find the one you like best.

While there are innumerable prefabricated ones on the market, you may need a customized fountain if none of these are pleasing to you.

Mounted and free-standing fountains are readily available on the market. You can place a mounted wall fountain because they are little and self-contained. Wall fountains made of resin ( similar to stone) or fiberglass are usually light so they can be easily hung. In large free-standing fountains, otherwise known as wall fountains, the basin is situated on the ground with the flat side positioned against a wall. Typically made of cast stone, this kind of water feature is not limited in weight.

Landscape professionals often propose a custom-built fountain for a brand new or existing wall. A skilled mason is required to place the water basin against the wall and properly install all the plumbing inside or behind the wall. You will need to incorporate a spout or fountain mask into the wall. A custom-built wall fountain blends into the landscape instead of standing out because it was a later addition, which contributes to a unified appearance.

Commonplace Water Features Found in Japanese Landscapes

A water element is an important part of any Japanese garden. 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. Since water is the most important element of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

You will also see many fountains that have spouts crafted of bamboo. Underneath the bamboo spout is typically a stone basin which receives the water as it flows down from the spout. Even when new, it should be crafted to look as if it has been out in the open for a long time. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people customarily decorate it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Obviously, this fountain is something more than just a basic decoration.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. Before long moss begins to grow 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.

Wherever there is enough open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Give some thought to adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

Water, however, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Good options include stones, gravel, or sand to symbolize water. You can also assemble flat stones and place them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

The Varied Styles in Outdoor Water Features

Gardens are great places to take a break from the day-to-day drudgery and get some fresh air and appreciate nature. While it is not a simple task to build one, you will be glad you did once you are able to relax and enjoy it. Investing in a beautiful garden is good, as it will boost the “curb appeal” and value of your home.

There are many ways to improve the visual beauty of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

The visual appeal of any garden can be really improved by simply adding a water fountain. A place of harmony 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. The rest of the garden will suddenly become just background to the beautiful new fountain.


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