Ways to the Positive Aspects of Feng Shui to Your Garden

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

Size is not the most important factor when adding feng shui design to your garden. If you have a lavish, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

Whether you are introducing feng shui design to your home or garden, the methods are the same. 434_f_1__18603.jpg As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your house’s bagua, you will need to start by understanding the bagua of the house.

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

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks epitomize the Earth element.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas ideal for a water element.

Multi-level Fountains for your Backyard

Fountains with more than one tier are very easy to find, and common especially in gardens. You can find a lot of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European countries. Piazzas and building courtyards are very common areas where you will find tiered fountains.

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 area and fit in accordingly.

Outdoor Wall Fountains: The Many Styles Available

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 excellent adornments to fit into small area. When considering the many types of outdoor wall fountains available including traditional, antique, modern, or Asian, you are certain to find one most suitable to your design ideas. Your tastes dictate the type you buy so while there may not be a prefabricated fountain to suit you, you do have the option of having a custom made one.

Mounted and free-standing fountains are available on the market. Mounted wall fountains are little and self-contained versions which can be hung on a wall.

Wall fountains made of resin (resembling stone) or fiberglass are usually lightweight so they can be easily hung. Free-standing fountains, often referred to as floor fountains, are sizable, have a basin positioned on the ground and a smooth side which leans against a wall. Typically constructed of cast stone, this style of water feature is not limited in weight.

Custom-made fountains which can be incorporated into a new or existing wall are often prescribed by landscaping designers. The basin and all the necessary plumbing are best installed by a qualified mason. A fountain mask or a spout also needs to be incorporated into the wall. The cohesive look provided by customized wall fountains make them appear to be part of the scenery instead of an afterthought.

Anglo-Saxon Landscapes at the Time of the Norman Conquest

The introduction of the Normans in the second half of the 11th century irreparably altered The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. The Normans were much better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But before concentrating on home-life or having the occasion to think about domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire society. Monasteries and castles served different purposes, so while monasteries were massive stone structures constructed in only the most fruitful, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the residents focused on learning offensive and defensive tactics. The sterile fortresses did not provide for the quiet avocation of farming. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is portrayed in Berkeley Castle, which is perhaps the most unscathed sample we have. The keep is said to date from the time of William the Conqueror. As a strategy of deterring attackers from tunneling underneath the walls, an immense terrace surrounds the building. A picturesque bowling green, covered in grass and bordered by battlements cut out of an ancient yew hedge, makes one of the terraces.

The Multiple Types of Wall Water Fountains

Putting a wall fountain in your backyard or patio is perfect when you want to relax. Moreover, it can be made to fit into any wall space since it does not need much room. Whether it is stand alone or fitted, you will require a spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump. There are any variety of models to pick from such as conventional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

Usually quite big, freestanding wall fountains, also known as floor fountains, have their basins on the floor.

On the other hand, a fountain affixed to a wall can be incorporated onto an existing wall or built into a new wall. A cohesive look can be achieved with this type of fountain because it seems to become part of the scenery rather than an added element.

Common Water Features Seen in Japanese Gardens

You will never see a Japanese garden that does not have a water element. They tend to be put right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are thought to be representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. Since water is supposed to be the central point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Many people also opt for a water fountain that has a bamboo spout. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically crafted of natural rocks, and water trickles out. Even when new, it should be crafted to look as if it has been outdoors for a long time. People want their fountain to appear as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just attractive decoration.

For something a bit more distinctive, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then decorate it imaginatively with live bamboo and other natural elements. Eventually moss begins to creep over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area starts to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

If you are lucky enough to have a big section of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Lots of people put in a koi pond or a tiny stream as a final touch.

There are different alternatives if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Attractive rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. You can also assemble flat stones and put them close enough together that they look like water in motion.


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