The Various Designs in Backyard Water Fountains

Gardens are great places to pause from the day-to-day grind and get some fresh air and appreciate nature. Although there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and made, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it. or_132_artshot__52796.jpg A beautiful garden will boost any property value, as “curb appeal” is key to the market value. Experts recommend adding flowers or trees, a pavement, a beautiful water feature, or unique statues to enhance the overall look of your property.

The visual appeal of any garden can be greatly improved by simply adding a water fountain. Where you once had a basic area, you will now have an outdoor wonderland. 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 attract. The rest of the garden will immediately become just background to the lovely new fountain.

Eye-Catching Backyard Tiered Fountains

For many years now now, multi-tiered fountains have been prevalent, most notably in gardens. You can find many of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European countries. Typical places to see them are in courtyards and piazzas. Tiered fountains come in a wide range of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively basic types.

Any area can be enhanced with one, although a more conventional setting is sometimes more appropriate. If done properly, anyone seeing the fountain will think it has been there for many years.

The Many Kinds of Exterior Fountains

Have you ever thought about turning your garden into a haven of tranquility? 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 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. You may have encountered one of these in a recreation area or an old mansion.

Outdoor water features come in a variety of forms, one of which is a chic wall fountain. These types of fountains make great water features even if you only have a small garden. Wall fountains leave an understated impression, contrary to the big impact produced by spouting fountains. In a very simple process, the water flows out of a spout, trickles down a beautifully textured wall only to be pumped back to the top.

Themed fountains are best when the style of your garden allows for them. Consider a classic type of statue, such as a cherub supporting a spout, for the fountain if your home or garden is rustic in style. On the other hand, a more modern yard can include more of a bold design. Feel free to let your hair down and choose something interesting and audacious.

Water streams down several levels in a tiered fountain. Due to the water streaming down its multiple levels, these are also called cascading fountains.

Since external fountains require ample space, consider putting in a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. Install one of these fountains if your space is limited since their reservoirs are concealed from sight below ground.

If you seek a feeling of peacefulness and calmness, put in a Japanese fountain as these are believed to bring about such sensations. In this type of water feature the water passes through bamboo sticks. The cycle of water falling into a rustic-styled bucket or a shaped stone repeats itself again and again.

Fountains composed of glass are another type on the market. A more traditional look is provided by trellis-style fountains which showcase shaped metalwork. However, this style of water feature is better suited to backyard gardens with many sharp corners as well as contemporary forms and design. A magnificent effect is produced when water streams down the sheets of glass. In some cases, the water is colored by LED lights as it flows over the glass sheets. A rock waterfall fountain (often made of imitation rock) shows off water gently flowing down its façade.

Bubbling rock fountains are big rocks drilled with holes which are then filled with tubes in the middle. The gurgles and bubbles at the top are the result of the low pressure used to force the water upwards. The water comes back gently dripping down the sides of the rock to reach its starting point. Gardens with little space are good spots to include this style of fountain. To ensure that water is not sprayed around if it starts to get windy, this kind of fountain is the best choice since it only uses low pressure to move water.

Solar fountains have recently gained in appeal because they are powered by sunlight. There are numerous reasons for this newly found appeal such as the absence of cables, less difficulty in running them, a reduction in electricity bills, and the benefits to the environment. There is no need to choose a specific model of outdoor solar-powered fountain because of the wide range of designs available on the market.

The Genesis Of Wall Fountains

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

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Residents of cities, townships and small towns utilized them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains had to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water supply, including aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Serving as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard 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. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to adorn community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

Add the Energy of Feng Shui into Your Backyard

Experience the health benefits of feng shui by incorporating its design elements into your yard.

Size is not the most important factor when adding feng shui design to your garden. A sizeable space is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The principal feng shui tools can be used for your home decor as well as your garden design. In order to learn the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first have to understand your home’s bagua.

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

The Earth element, for example, should be positioned in the northeast part of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might think about putting some into a peaceful Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

A water element is a perfect addition to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).

What You Will Require for an Outdoor Water Fountain

When considering where to set up your garden fountain, do not overlook the fact that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. The thrill of owning one occasionally causes people to skip the technical details when setting it up for the first time. Do not forget that an extension cord can be handy if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the normal length of power cords. It will be necessary to refill your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water in the area. Carrying large quantities of water is difficult so you do not want to have to carry it a long way. The best way to fill the fountain is with a nearby hose. The ideal setup is with a water fountain autofill, but this has to be attached to an external water line and requires a skilled person to install it.


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