Consider Buying a Self-Contained Water Fountain for Your Backyard

6250_8703_art__52847.jpg People love self-contained fountains for their easy installation and low price. All of the components are provided with the fountain even the plumbing and pump. Another meaning of “self-contained” is a fountain which includes its own a water source.

Since they do not require much work to set up, self-contained fountains are perfect for patios and porches. Due to the fact that they are easily moveable, it is simple to change their location whenever you want.

The landscaper will first check that the spot where you want your fountain to go is even. If your landscaper thinks the ground is too bumpy, he can always flatten it for you. The next step is to put your water feature in place and add water. It is finally time to plug it in using either an electrical socket, a solar panel, or batteries.

The best alternative for anyone who wants mobility and does not want to use external plumbing or water source is a self-contained fountain. Many people put them in the center of the garden, but they can really go anywhere. A variety of common materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

The Importance of Water Features in Japanese Gardens

A water feature is an essential part of any Japanese garden. They tend to be located right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are thought to be representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simplistic because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

Many people also choose a water fountain that includes a bamboo spout. The basin, which tends to be built of stones, collects the water as it trickles down from the bamboo spout. In addition, it is important to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outside for a long time. People want their fountain to seem as natural as possible, so they position plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. To the owner of the fountain, it clearly is more than just nice decoration.

For something a bit more unique, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then decorate it artistically with live bamboo and other natural elements. Over the years it starts to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss blankets the stone.

If you are fortunate enough to have a big plot of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Popular water feature additions are a koi pond or any sort of tiny pool, or even a meandering brook.

There are different alternatives if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Good alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to symbolize water. You can also collect flat stones and position them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Enrich Your Backyard with the Use of Feng Shui

Introduce feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can carry energy into your home.

When introducing feng shui design into your yard, even a very small space is adequate. If you have a lush, beautiful one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

Whether you are bringing feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first have to know your home’s bagua.

Before getting started, make sure you comprehend the five elements of feng shui so that you can make the most of their energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast section of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. A Zen garden with some lovely natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks epitomize the Earth element.

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

Outdoor Wall Fountains: The Many Styles Available

Wall fountains are well suited to little patios or gardens because they do not require too much space while also adding a bit of style and providing a great place to find peace and quiet. Traditional, antique, contemporary, or Asian are just some of the styles you can pick from when looking for an outdoor wall fountain to your liking. While there are countless prefabricated ones on the market, you may need a custom-built fountain if none of these are pleasing to you.

Mounted and free-standing water features are readily available on the market. Small, self-contained models can be hung on a wall are called mounted wall fountains. One of the most important features of wall fountains is that they be light, so they are typically made of fiberglass or resin to replicate the look of stone.

Sizable free-standing wall fountains, commonly referred to as floor fountains, have their basins positioned on the floor and a smooth side leaning on a wall. Generally composed of cast stone, this style of water feature is not restricted in weight.

Custom-made fountains which can be incorporated into a new or existing wall are often recommended by landscaping designers. The basin and all the required plumbing are best installed by a qualified mason. It is also necessary to include a spout or fountain mask to build it into the wall. The cohesive look provided by customized wall fountains make them appear to be part of the landscape rather than an afterthought.

A Peek into the Origins of Wall Fountains

As the head of the Catholic Church, the scholarly Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455} decided to mandate translations of invaluable writings from their original Greek into Latin. In addition, embellishing the city and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the heart of his ambitions. Starting in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an historical Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent restoration at the bidding of the Pope. Nicholas V also embarked on the building of mostras, an old Roman practice of putting up spectacular public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was instructed by him to build a water fountain where we now find the breath-taking Trevi Fountain. The Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains situtated in the Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo were eventually supplied with water from the modified, rebuilt aqueduct.

Multi-level Fountains for your Backyard

Gardens are common places to showcase a tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. These kinds of fountains are widespread in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries. The courtyards of buildings and communal areas are just two the places you might see one. Impressive carvings can be found on some of the most lavish tiered fountains, while others have less complex designs.

People love to showcase them in areas having a more traditional look and feel.

It should look as if the fountain has been part of the decoration since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.


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