Water Elements: Important in any Japanese Landscapes

You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not have a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. It is unusual to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains since the focus is supposed to be on the water itself. 94-901-1801__01053.jpg

Bamboo is a common material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains. The bamboo spout is positioned over the basin, typically made of natural stones, and water trickles out. Even when new, it should be crafted to appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. People want their fountain to appear as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a pretty add-on.

An alternate approach is to find a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. Over the years it starts to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss blankets the stone.

Larger water features can be designed if there is enough open land. Think about adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

There are other options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. The impression of a creek with running water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

A Chronicle of Outdoor Water Fountains

During his rule (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the learned Pope Nicholas V commissioned countless of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. He also undertook the embellishment of the city to make it into the true capital of the Christian world. Beginning in 1453, he called for the reconstruction of the Acqua Vergine, a decaying Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away. In addition, the ancient Roman tradition of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an grandiose celebratory fountain, also referred to as a mostra, was renewed by Nicholas V. The interesting origins of the Trevi Fountain date back to an older water fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The modifications, as well as the extensions included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually made it possible to supply the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water to function.

Do Pets Enjoy Garden Fountains?

House pets may be wary of a new water feature so be certain to take them into account before buying one. Your pooch could think that your freestanding fountain looks like a big pond to drink from or a pool in which to swim. Your treasured pets will probably take well to a water element in your yard.

You should take into account the fact that birds might think they have found a new place to bathe when they see your fountain so think well where you put it. If you intend to deliberately attract birds, however, putting in a birdbath is an ideal solution. To prevent this, however, putting in a wall water fountain inside your house is a great option. Grand mansions, in addition to dentist’ and doctors’ practices, often have such fountains on display.

The Ideal Tiered Water Element for your Backyard

Gardens are common places to showcase a tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain generally have many tiered fountains. Piazzas and building courtyards are very popular places where you will see tiered fountains. Beautiful carvings can be found on some of the most sophisticated tiered fountains, while others have much simpler designs.

People love to showcase them in places having a classic look and feel. The fountain should seem as old as the rest of the space and blend in accordingly.

Design Options for Backyard Water Features

If you want to chill out for a bit and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect place. While it is not a simple process to build one, you will be grateful you did once you are able to relax and enjoy it. A beautiful garden will boost any property value, as “curb appeal” is vital to the market value. There are many ways to boost the visual beauty of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

A water fountain can drastically alter the aesthetics of a garden. A true fantasyland can be developed from what used to be a very simple spot. The trickling water of your fountain will not only give you a calming retreat, it will also attract wild birds and other friendly local animals. Before you know it, the entire garden or yard will have a new centerpiece.

The Many Styles of Wall Water Fountains

A small patio or a courtyard is a great spot to put your wall fountain when you seek peace and quiet. Even a little space can include a custom-built one. Both the stand alone and fitted types must have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. You have many models to a lot to pick from whether you are searching for a traditional, popular, classical, or Asian style.

Normally quite large, freestanding wall fountains, also known as floor fountains, have their basins on the ground.

It is possible to integrate a wall-mounted water feature onto an already existing wall or built into a new wall. Incorporating this type of water feature into your landscape adds a cohesiveness to the look you want to attain rather than making it seem as if the fountain was merely added later.


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