Presenting Stand-Alone Garden Fountains

Self-Contained fountains are cheaper and easy to install and are therefore quite common. You do not need any more components because they all come included with the instructions for your fountain. alp_gxt688_2__57952.jpg Another name for a fountain having its own water source is referred to as “self-contained”.

Since they do not involve much work to install, self-contained fountains are ideal for patios and porches. They are also convenient to move from place to place.

Once you determine where you want to put your fountain, your landscaper should ensure that it is not too bumpy or uneven. Do not worry if the land is not flat, your landscaper can usually even it out. You are now set to position your water feature and fill it with water. The last step is to plug it into an outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

The best option for anyone who wants mobility and does not want to use external plumbing or water source is a self-contained fountain. Although a fountain can be a focal point anywhere in a garden, many people put them in the center. You can buy them in many differing materials such as cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

The Wide Range of Outdoor Fountains

Turn your garden into what you have always wished for – an oasis of peace. The calming feeling provided by outdoor fountains is just one of the benefits of installing a water feature in your garden.

A eye-catching impact is produced when a spouting fountain sends a shooting stream of water high into the air. Large, existing ponds can have one of these built-in without much hassle. These kinds of fountains are often seen in parks or historical manor homes.

Outdoor water features come in a variety of shapes and sizes, one of which is a fancy wall fountain. Even with a small backyard, it is possible to put in one of these water features. Wall fountains are not flashy water features when compared with a spouting fountain. In this straightforward process, water is ejected from a little spout, goes down a beautifully textured wall, before being collected at the bottom and returned to the top once again.

Putting in a fountain with a motif depends completely on the layout of your garden. If your bungalow or garden is styled in a rustic manner, you should consider including a traditional type of statue, such as a seraph holding the spout, to your fountain. Modern-day gardens, on the other hand, benefit from something more audacious. Just permit your creativity to run loose.

Water spills down multiple levels in a tiered fountain. Water flowing down multiple tiers of this water feature is the primary characteristic of a cascading fountain.

The space required for an outdoor fountain can be extensive, therefore, a better solution is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. These types of fountains are suitable for an area with limited space because their reservoirs are hidden underground.

Include a Japanese fountain if you are looking for a sense of peace. Bamboo sticks are used in this type of fountain to expel the water. The cycle of water flowing into a rustic-styled bucket or a molded stone repeats itself again and again.

Glass fountains make up an additional category of fountain. A more conventional look is provided by trellis-style fountains which feature shaped metalwork. Gardens with a lot of sharp edges as well as contemporary forms and designs are better for these sorts of water features. A wondrous effect is created when water streams down the sheets of glass. LED lighting fixtures are also utilized in some fountains to flash color across the water as it flows downward on the glass sheet. Often made of fake rock, stone waterfall fountains have water slowly trickling down its surface.

The feature which distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain is a large rock drilled with holes where pipes can be inserted into its middle. The bubbling and gurgling at the topmost part of this type of fountain are caused by the water being pushed upward at low pressure. Water then flows as a gentle trickle down the sides of the rock to its base. This is yet another solution for gardens with limited space.

To guarantee that water is not sprayed around if it begins to get windy, this kind of fountain is the best option since it only uses low pressure to move water.

Powered by sunlight, solar fountains are becoming increasingly trendy. There are numerous reasons for this newly found interest such as the absence of cables, less difficulty in running them, a reduction in electricity bills, and the advantages to the environment. It is not necessary to choose a specific model of outdoor solar-powered fountain because of the wide range of designs found on the market.

Contemporary Garden Decor: Garden Fountains and their Roots

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for a noteworthy effect.

Pure practicality was the original purpose of fountains. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Used until the nineteenth 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 used as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Roman fountains often depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. To mark the entrance of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

Urban fountains built at the end of the 19th century served only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the essential drinking water. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to bring recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

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

Rome’s Ingenious Water Delivery Systems

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct founded in Rome, began providing the many people living in the hills with water in 273 BC, although they had relied on natural springs up until then.

During this time period, there were only 2 other innovations capable of supplying water to higher areas, subterranean wells and cisterns, which gathered rainwater. From the beginning of the sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill through the subterranean channel of Acqua Vergine. During the length of the aqueduct’s channel were pozzi, or manholes, that gave access. During the some 9 years he possessed the property, from 1543 to 1552, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi used these manholes to take water from the channel in buckets, though they were initially built for the intent of maintaining and maintenance the aqueduct. The cistern he had built to gather rainwater wasn’t adequate to meet his water specifications. That is when he made the decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran underneath his residence.

Enrich Your Backyard with the Aid of Feng Shui

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

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

The same tools you employ to introduce feng shui design into your home can be used in the garden. The first task is to figure out the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

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

The Earth element, for example, should be positioned in the northeast part of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. This could be the optimal spot to put a meditative Zen garden with some attractive stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

A water feature is a suitable add-on to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).

The Wonderful Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Both Christian and pagan relics have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is mainly renowned for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. Since the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained relatively unknown. The part of town where it was situated was forlorn and bleak which generally kept visitors away. 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 fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the task to put down the foundation of the church. The blessing of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed 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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