Ways Feng Shui Make Your Garden into Sanctuary

Introducing feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

Size is not the main factor when adding feng shui design to your yard. A sizeable area is great for those fortunate 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. alp_gxt516__78919.jpg As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your house’s bagua, you will need to begin by knowing the bagua of the house.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should understand how to use each of them to maximize the energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. The ideal 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.

Anyone thinking about incorporating a water feature into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

Outdoor Fountains: Installation Guidelines

Two things many people ignore when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a suitable water source and an electrical outlet in close proximity. Sometimes new owners get so caught up in the thrill of their new purchase that they forget vital details. Do not forget that an extension cord can be useful if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the standard length of power cords. Install your fountain in a place near a water source as you will need to fill it.

Water is difficult to move manually from place to place. A nearby hose can make filling the fountain a lot easier. A water fountain autofill is an even better alternative, but will call for the help of someone who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

The Interesting Origin of the Outdoor Fountain

Hundreds of ancient Greek writings were translated into Latin under the auspices of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. In addition, beautifying the city and making it the true capital of the Christian world was at the core of his objectives. Starting in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent restoration at the behest of the Pope. Nicholas V also revived the Roman convention of installing imposing fountains, referred to as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. The interesting origins of the Trevi Fountain date back to an older fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included changes and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply the necessary water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Contemporary Garden Decor: Outdoor Fountains and their Beginnings

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were soley meant to serve as functional elements. 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. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were frequently seen on Roman fountains. To replicate 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 demonstrate his dominion over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. 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 arrived in the city of Rome

Urban fountains built at the end of the nineteenth functioned only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Nowadays, fountains decorate public spaces and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

The Life-Altering Effects of Water Features

The movement and sound of water emitted from a fountain have two effects: cleaning the air and proving a place of relaxation and serenity, both of which will improve your quality of life.

You might be pleased to learn of all the advantages of being around an indoor or outdoor garden fountain. People around the world are compelled to go to coastal cities and big bodies of water, most likely influenced by the fact that our bodies have a high water content. While there are many lavish ways to integrate the benefits of water into your daily life (like investing in a beach house!), a much more accessible solution is to put a water feature in your home.

If you want to make your porch, patio, or back yard even more enjoyable, think about installing an outdoor garden fountain. 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. Make your flower garden an oasis of peace by adding a pretty tiered model. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to still water, means that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for fresher water for wild birds. The final detail your garden area needs to be an oasis of tranquility is the sound of water in motion.

Pondless Water Elements: Some of the Benefits of Having one in your Garden

There are two labels for this type of fountain: “disappearing” and “pondless”. It is referred to as “disappearing” because the water source is under ground. Any spot where there are people, such as a walking path, is ideal for a disappearing fountain since it adds pleasing sounds and a lovely visual effect. There are numerous kinds of them including millstones, ceramic urns, granite columns, and natural-looking waterfalls.

There are many reasons to give some thought to getting a disappearing fountain. The water comes from underground and does not create a large pool above ground so any risk to those around it is minimized. As a result, it poses no threat to children. Additionally, since the water is stored underground, none of it is lost to evaporation. Other types of fountains use more water due to evaporation. The time needed on maintenanceis also minimized since algae does not grow underground and debris can not get into the water source. Finally, you can install one just about anywhere given that it takes up so little space.


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