The Wide Array of Outdoor Fountains

Turn your garden into what you have always desired – an oasis of serenity. Add a sense of tranquility to your garden with an outdoor fountain and avail yourself of all the positive effects of a water feature.

A striking impact is produced when a spouting fountain sends a shooting stream of water up into the air. Large, existing ponds can have one of these incorporated without much difficulty. 3618_ag__20490.jpg You can find these in community parks or old mansions.

Pick a stylish wall fountain to put outside. Even with a small backyard, it is possible to add one of these water features. Wall fountains are not flashy water features when compared with a spouting fountain. In a very simple process, the water spills out of a spout, trickles down a magnificently textured wall only to be pumped back to the top.

Putting in a fountain with a theme depends completely on the layout of your garden. A cherub grasping a spout is one of the possible types of classical-styled statues you can use if you want your fountain to compliment a rustically themed cottage or garden. Something special and striking could be an option for more modern gardens. Just permit your creativity to run loose.

The main characteristic of tiered fountains is the numerous levels spewing out water. Water flowing down multiple tiers of this water feature is the chief attribute of a cascading fountain.

A substantial amount of space is necessary for an outdoor fountain, so another alternative is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. These kinds of fountains are perfect for an area with limited space because their reservoirs are concealed underground.

Japanese fountains are believed to lend a feeling of tranquility and well-being. In this type of water feature the water passes through bamboo sticks. Water then flows into a container or a shaped stone, only to repeat the cycle over and over again.

Fountains created from glass are another type on the market. Producing a more classical appearance are trellis-style fountains which feature shaped metalwork. However, this style of water feature is better suited to gardens with many sharp corners as well as modern-day forms and design. The flowing water forms a beautiful effect as it moves down the glass panels. In some instances, the water is colored by LED lights as it flows over the glass sheets. A rock waterfall fountain (often made of imitation rock) showcases water softly flowing down its façade.

A large rock drilled with openings which then has pipes inserted into it is what distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain. In this type of fountain, water is pushed upwards at low pressure to cause it to bubble and gurgle at the top. Water then flows as a delicate trickle down the sides of the rock to its base. Small gardens are perfect for this sort of fountain. To ensure that water is not sprayed around if it starts to get windy, this kind of fountain is the best option since it only uses low pressure to move water.

Solar fountains have recently gained in appeal because they are powered by the sun. The lack of cables, the decreased difficulty in managing them, the lower energy bills, and the benefits to our ecosystem are just some of the motives for this increased interest. Outdoor solar-powered fountains are available in myriad varying styles, therefore, you will not have to settle on which one to buy.

Tall Fountains Around the World

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the highest continually-functioning fountain in the world. It propels water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in second with water heights of 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

Next is the fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps function at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is located next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded musical themes while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Jetting water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in 7th.

Last of all is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

Water Fountains: A Necessity in any Japanese Gardens

No Japanese garden is whole without a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Many people also opt for a water fountain that has a bamboo spout. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically constructed of natural stones, and water trickles out. In addition, it is important to the overall look that it appear as if it has been out of doors for a long time. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people normally adorn it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. To the owner of the fountain, it clearly is more than just attractive decoration.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

If you are lucky enough to have a big section 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 small pool, or even a wandering brook.

Water, however, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Potential alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to give the illusion of a babbling brook.


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