The Reason for Water Features in Japanese Gardens

You will never see a Japanese garden that does not include a water feature. wwlhcj_ss_1__11815.jpg Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Bamboo is a widely accepted 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. It should have a worn-down, weathered appearance as well. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people normally adorn it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Clearly, this fountain is something more than just a basic decoration.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. After some years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss blankets the stone.

More substantial water features can be designed if there is enough open land. Nice add-ons include a babbling creek or tiny pool with koi in it.

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 represent the water. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to create the illusion of a rippling brook.

Select from Many Exterior Wall Fountain Designs

If you want to have a place to relax as well as add some flair to a small area such as a patio or courtyard, wall fountains are perfect because they do not take up much space. The myriad of designs in outdoor wall fountains, including traditional, classic, contemporary, or Asian, means that you can find the one suitable to your wishes. While there are innumerable prefabricated ones on the market, you may need a custom-built fountain if none of these are pleasing to you.

Mounted and stand-alone fountains are readily available on the market. You can hang a mounted wall fountain because they are little and self-contained. Normally made of resin (to look like stone) or fiber glass, these types of fountains are lightweight and easy to hang. Sizable free-standing wall fountains, commonly referred to as floor fountains, have their basins located on the floor and a smooth side leaning on a wall.

Normally made of cast stone, these water features have no weight constraints.

Customized fountains which can be incorporated into a new or existing wall are often recommended by landscaping designers. Placing the basin against the wall and installing all the plumbing work requires a expert mason to do it right. A fountain mask or a spout also needs to be integrated into the wall. A custom-made wall fountain blends into the landscape instead of standing out because it was a later addition, which adds to a cohesive look.

From Where Did Garden Water Fountains Come From?

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

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up until the nineteenth, 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. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and celebrate the artist. The main materials used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by adding beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

These days, fountains adorn public areas and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

Design Options for Garden Water Features

A garden can be a little oasis, providing you a peaceful place to stop and enjoy some outdoor time. If you are going to spend a lot of time in yours, it is worth the effort it takes to do it correctly. Both the “curb appeal” and the value of your real estate will be driven up when you set up an eye-catching garden. Many people choose to add to their landscaping by putting in statues or other art, re-doing the pavement of their driveway, planting trees, or including a water feature.

A water fountain can make a considerable difference to the charm and tranquility of your garden. Where you once had a plain 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 animals visiting. Your fountain will promptly turn into the main feature of your garden or yard.

Reasons to Think About Putting in a Pondless Water Feature in your Garden

The term “pondless fountain” is one other way to call a disappearing fountain. The water flows from an underground source, hence the name. An excellent place for a disappearing fountain is anywhere that gets frequent foot traffic, as it adds lovely visual and sound effects to the environment. They come in a wide number of styles, some of which are ceramic urns, waterfalls, granite columns, and millstones.

There are many reasons to give some thought to buying a disappearing fountain. Any danger to anyone standing around it is averted since the water source is beneath ground level. As a result, it presents no risk to children. Additionally, since the water is located underground, none of it is lost to evaporation. Consequently, your fountain will not use as much water as other styles of fountains. This type of fountain is recommended if you do not have a lot of time to clean it often since neither debris nor algae can reach it underground. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit nearly any place you like.

Multi-level Fountains for your Yard

Fountains with multiple tiers can be found just about anywhere and have been displayed in gardens for many years. You can see many of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European countries.

While they can be seen anywhere, they are most typical in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people gather. While some tiered fountains have intricate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very basic.

People love to feature them in places having a classic look and feel. It should seem as if the fountain has been part of the environment since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.


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