Incorporate the Spirit of Feng Shui into Your Garden

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Size is not the primary consideration when adding feng shui design to your yard. A sizeable area is great for those privileged enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Whether you are bringing feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an extension of your house's bagua, so it is important to determine your home’s first.

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

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

Think about incorporating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Early Water Delivery Techniques in Rome

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct built in Rome, began providing the people living in the hills with water in 273 BC, though they had relied on natural springs up till then. Outside of these aqueducts and springs, wells and rainwater-collecting cisterns were the lone techniques around at the time to supply water to areas of higher elevation. Starting in the sixteenth century, a new strategy was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean sectors to generate water to Pincian Hill. During its original construction, pozzi (or manholes) were added at set intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. During the roughly nine years he had the property, from 1543 to 1552, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi used these manholes to take water from the network in containers, though they were actually designed for the function of cleaning and maintaining the aqueduct. He didn’t get sufficient water from the cistern that he had constructed on his property to gather rainwater. That is when he made the decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran below his residential property.

Choose from all Kinds of External Water Features

Make your dream a reality by creating an oasis of tranquility in your garden. Add a sense of tranquility to your garden with an outdoor fountain and profit from all the positive effects of a water feature.

A eye-catching impact is made when a spouting fountain sends a shooting stream of water up into the air. Sizable, preexisting ponds can easily be fitted with one of these. Parks and traditional stately homes often have one these fountains.

Choose a stylish wall fountain to put outside. If you are eager to include a water feature, but are concerned because you have a small yard, do not hesitate to install one of these. Whereas spouting fountains leave behind an impressive effect, wall fountains are more understated water features. In this simple process. the water which is forced out of a small opening, flows down a beautifully textured wall and is then collected at the base before being pumped back to the top.

Your garden’s style determines whether a themed fountain is suitable for you. A cherub holding a spout is one of the possible types of classical-styled statues you can use if you want your fountain to compliment a rustically themed cottage or garden. Something special and bold could be an alternative for more modern gardens. Feel free to let your hair down and choose something fun and intrepid.

Tiered fountains are charming because the water runs down multiple levels. Water flows down multiple tiers in a cascading fountain.

The space necessary for an outdoor fountain can be considerable, therefore, a better solution is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. The reservoirs needed for these types of fountains are buried underground which helps you better use your limited space.

Add a Japanese fountain if you are looking for a sense of peace. Bamboo sticks act as the piping from which water flows in these kinds of water features. The cycle of water falling into a rustic-styled bucket or a shaped stone repeats itself again and again.

An additional sort of fountain is made of glass. Featuring shaped metalwork, trellis-style fountains of this type have a more traditional feel. Water features of this kind are an excellent alternative for gardens with many sharp edges as well as contemporary shapes and design. The flowing water forms a beautiful effect as it moves down the glass panels. LED lights are also used in some fountains to flash color across the water as it flows downward on the glass sheet.

A rock waterfall fountain (often made of imitation rock) shows off water softly flowing down its façade.

The characteristic which distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain is a large rock drilled with holes where pipes can be inserted into its center. The gurgles and bubbles at the top are the result of the low pressure used to trigger the water upwards. Downward flowing water appears as soft dribble as it moves down the sides of the rock to return to its base. Small gardens are perfect for this type of fountain. To ensure that water is not sprayed around if it starts to get windy, this kind of fountain is the best option since it only uses low pressure to move water.

Solar fountains have recently gained in appeal because they are powered by sunlight. The reasons for this are varied, from the absence of wires and the reduced complexities to the lower power bills and the beneficial impact on our environment. Outdoor solar-powered fountains are available in countless varying styles, therefore, you will not have to settle on which one to purchase.

Reasons to Consider Putting in a Pondless Fountain in your Backyard

Disappearing fountains also go by the name “pondless” fountains. The source of the water is not visible because it is below the surface of the ground. An excellent place for a disappearing fountain is anywhere that gets frequent foot traffic, as it adds lovely visual and sound effects to the surroundings. They come in a wide number of designs, some of which are ceramic urns, waterfalls, granite columns, and millstones.

A disappearing fountain could be the most suitable option for you for many reasons. There is no big pool of water that could pose a danger to anyone since the water comes from below the ground. That said, you will not have to worry about the well-being of your children. Additionally, due to the fact that water is stored underground, none of it is lost to evaporation. This type of fountain, therefore, is a good option for areas where there is a need to reduce water consumption. The water source will remain uncontaminated and free of dirt since it is underground and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to waste a lot of time cleaning it. Lastly, it is easier to find a place for it because of its small size.

Style Variations for Garden Water Features

When you want to chill out for a minute and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect place. 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. Both the “curb appeal” and the value of your home will be driven up when you set up an eye-catching garden. A water feature is not the only way to improve your landscape; consider adding trees and bushes, paving your driveway, or even putting in some special statues.

A significant enhancement to your garden can be achieved by installing a water fountain. A true fantasyland can be created from what used to be a very plain spot.

The ambiance of your garden will be very different once you install a water fountain, as the calming sounds of the water will create an oasis for you as well as for the friendly birds and animals it will entice. Your fountain will quickly turn into the main feature of your garden or yard.

A Back Story of Outdoor Fountains

Countless of ancient Greek texts were translated into Latin under the authority of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. Making the city into the deserving capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to embellish it. In 1453 he commissioned the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an historic Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from many miles away. Nicholas V also revived the Roman convention of installing imposing fountains, known as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. The fascinating background of the Trevi Fountain go back to an older fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The water which ultimately supplied the Trevi Fountain, as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona, came from the renovated and altered aqueduct.


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