How to Include the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Garden

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

Size is not the primary concern when incorporating feng shui design to your yard. If you have a lush, charming one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

Feng shui tools are the same whether you are working in your garden or your house. In order to understand the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to know your home’s bagua. 135_b__28389.jpg

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

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that section connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

Give some thought to integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Where did Garden Water Fountains Come From?

The incredible architecture of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complement your home.

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains had to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated 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. Fountains were not only used 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. Muslims and Moorish landscaping 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. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains made to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

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

Modern-day fountains function mostly as decoration for open spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational gatherings.

Style Options for Outdoor Fountains

When you want to chill out for a minute and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect spot. While there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and built, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it. The value of your home will go up with a lovely garden area, as it will maximize the “curb appeal” of the property.

A water feature is not the only way to improve your landscape; think about adding trees and bushes, paving your driveway, or even putting in some eye-catching statues.

The visual appeal of any garden can be really improved by merely adding a water fountain. Where you once had a simple area, you will now enjoy an outdoor wonderland. 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 instantly become just background to the beautiful new fountain.

Installation of a Wall Fountain In Smaller Backyards

Since water is reflective, it has the effect of making a smaller space appear bigger than it is. Augmenting the reflective aspects of a fountain or water feature are possible by using dark materials. If your purpose is to showcase your new feature at night, underwater lights in various colors and shapes will do the trick. Solar powered eco-lights are great during the day and submerged lights are perfect for nighttime use. Natural therapies use them because they release a calming effect which helps to relieve stress as well as anxiety.

The foliage in your yard is a great spot to fit in your water feature. Turn your water feature such as a pond, artificial river, or fountain to become the core component of your backyard. The versatility of water features is that they can be set up in large backyards as well as in small verandas. The most appropriate accessories and the best location for it are important if you want to enhance the atmosphere.

Multi-Tiered Water Features for your Lawn

For a long time now, multi-tiered fountains have been prevalent, particularly in gardens. The countries in the southern part of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. Piazzas and building courtyards are very common areas where you will see tiered fountains. While some multi-level fountains have intricate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very basic.

Traditional or classic locations are ideal places for them. It should seem as if the fountain has been part of the environment since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Animals and Water Fountains

Give some thought to how your cat or dog may react to a water feature before you get one. Your pet dog could think that your stand-alone fountain resembles a large pond to drink from or a pool in which to bathe. Integrating a fountain to your property is a great idea, one which is certain to benefit your pets. You may need to consider where you will locate the fountain as birds may take it as a bathing pond. Add a birdbath if your objective is to draw birds to your garden. Wall water fountains are great for indoor use as well if you want to avoid these problems. These types of fountains are great for dental and medical practices, not to mention stately homes.


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