The Elegance of Simple Garden Decor: The Large Garden Fountains

These days you can just place your garden water fountain close to a wall since they no longer need to be connected to a pond. Due to the myriad options available, it no longer necessary to deal with excavations, difficult installations or cleaning the pond. Due to its self-contained nature, this feature no longer requires plumbing work. Adding water on a frequent} basis is necessary, however. Clear away the water from the bowl and place clear water in its place when you see that the space is grimy. ft_196__04593.jpg

Stone and metal are most common elements used to make garden wall fountains even though they can be made of other materials as well. Identifying the style you want indicates the right material to use. It is best to look for garden wall fountains which are easy to hang, handmade and lightweight. Ensure that your water feature is manageable as far as maintenance is concerned. While there may be some instances in which the setup needs a bit more care, generally the majority require a minimal amount of work to install since the only two parts which call for scrutiny are the re-circulating pump and the hanging hardware. Little effort is needed to enliven your garden with these types of water features.

Why You Should Get A Pond Fountain

Most people think of the impressive masterpieces that adorn the front of public buildings when they think of fountains. That said, in reality they can be made of any design and size, and are not limited to public places. You might even find a place in your own garden area for a beautiful pond fountain.

By putting in your one of your own, two things can occur. To begin, everyone knows that fountains add beauty and contribute to a soothing ambiance. What you need at the end of a rough day is the soothing sound of the water and a tranquil ambiance. Your spot will be even more elegant as well. Also, entertaining will be more fun, as your lovely fountain will encourage guests to interact and take photos.

Another benefit is that such a water feature will supply the fish in your pond with cleaner, healthier water. Fish need water that is flowing and aerated, and pond fountains provide both. Your fish will enjoy longer, healthier lives because of the flow of the water and the higher oxygen level. You will observe an improvement in your flowers as well.

Chatsworth: The Cascade Water Fountain

At the back of Chatsworth House, the Cascade garden fountain forms a dazzling centerpiece to the landscape. Stretching down the hillside for 200 yards towards the residence is a series of 24 irregularly spaced stone steps. Totally gravity fed, the Cascade too is founded on a 17th century French concept. Created for the initial Duke of Devonshire in 1696, this water fountain has remained unchanged ever since. The Cascade House rests at the top of the fountain where water flows downward. The house, embellished on the outside with underwater creatures in bas-relief, is actually a small building. Water pressure to the Cascade can be increased on special occasions, meaning the Cascade House becomes part of the Cascade display, as water circulates through conduits on its roof and from the mouths of its carved marine creatures, just before proceeding down the Cascade. The sounds of the water cascading fluctuates as it falls down the Cascades mainly because of the slight difference in the size of each and every step thereby creating a wonderful and soothing accompaniment to a walk through the gardens. This cascade was chosen in a survey, carried out by Country Life in 2004, as the UK'sbest water fountain.

The Brilliance of Michelangelo’s Roman Water Fountains

Two Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati created the earliest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The first fountain Michelangelo created came in 1536 with the building of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to make part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. Some years later, a more extravagant water exhibit was made possible with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Anticipating this, Michelangelo had added a more sizable basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

Was the well-known sculptor the first to design wall fountains? The maestro's designs definitely shaped the future style of fountains in Italy.

The Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone found between flights of stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino are further models of this type of structure.

Rather than designing fountains based on his own brilliance, Michelangelo was fated to integrating classical elements into Roman-styled structures. The Florentine maestro was commissioned by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a distinctive fountain to be placed at the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican. A marble Moses striking the rock from which water flowed was to enhance the fountain. Rather than making the Moses statue, which would take too much time to finish, an antique figure of Cleopatra was used in its place, however. A design by the well-known artist was thought to be too time-consuming, therefore, an ancient sculpture placed above the fountain seemed to be a better option.

The Intriguing Beginnings of the Water Wall Fountain

As the leader of the Catholic Church, the scholarly Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455} decided to authorize translations of important invaluable writings from Greek to Latin. To further boost his city's prestige, an old aqueduct was rebuilt to improve the supply of fresh drinking water to the city from 8 miles away. (This aqueduct is called the Acqua Vergine) He commenced rebuilding it in 1453. At the same time, he revived the convention of installing lavish water fountains, called "mostras", to mark the end point of an aqueduct. Pope Nicholas V commissioned designer Leon Battista Alberti to construct a simple wall fountain where the Trevi Fountain is now situated. Remarkably, the fountain of Trevi came about from the desire for Rome to become the religious capital of the known world, and was its 1st wall fountain.

Water Features Commonplace in Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens usually have a water element. You will often find Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual purification. 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. Under the bamboo spout is typically a stone basin which receives the water as it flows down from the spout. It must have a worn-down, weathered look as well. It is essential that the overall look of the fountain goes with the natural setting, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a nice add-on.

If you are hoping for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the area, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Wherever there is plenty of open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Nice add-ons include a babbling creek or tiny pool with koi in it.

There are alternative alternatives if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Attractive rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. You can also collect flat stones and put them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Introducing Feng Shui into Your Yard

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will bring its healthful energy into your home as well.

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

The same tools you employ to incorporate feng shui design into your living space can be used in the garden. The initial part is to know the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should learn how to utilize each of them to intensify the energy.

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is important to integrate it. A perfect addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a tranquil Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

A water feature is a great add-on to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).


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