The Truth About Water Features in Japanese Gardens

6830-2703_art__03979.jpg A water feature is an essential part of any Japanese garden. Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. It is uncommon to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains since the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

Bamboo is a popular material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains. The water passes through the bamboo spout and collects in the stone basin below. In addition, it is vital to the overall look that it appear as if it has been out of doors for a long time. 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. To the owner of the fountain, it clearly is more than just nice decor.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain embellished with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. In time, as moss slowly covers the stones, it becomes even more natural-looking.

Wherever there is plenty of open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Lots of people include a koi pond or a tiny stream as a final touch.

However, water does not have to be an addition in a Japanese water fountain. It is okay to use representations of water instead of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to give the impression of a rippling brook.

Choosing Wind Bells and Chimes for Your Garden

In order to escape possible clashes in design styles, select wind chimes which are simple in appearance. The objective is to place them wherever they will fit and blend in effortlessly. When it comes to wind chimes, the sound is more important than the appearance. Often times, the more complex types of wind chimes are not made to create a pure sound quality, while those made of simple aluminum can create this flawless sound. When planning your wind chime garden, think about them at different heights. Wind chimes, for instance, can be set up in a range of areas including a sundeck, in a small line of trees, as well as amid flowers.

The blowing breeze will produce a sound that will emanate across your entire garden. Installing wind chimes in your eyeline so you can enjoy the dawn and sundown will allow you to appreciate their aesthetic aspects. Aluminum wind chime gardens fit very well with rock configurations, water features (such as a waterfall or a birdbath) and surrounding evergreens.

How to Introduce the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Yard

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

Size is not the main factor when adding feng shui design to your yard. A sizeable area is great for those lucky enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Whether you are bringing feng shui design to your home or garden, the methods are the same. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your home's bagua, you will need to start by knowing the bagua of the house.

It is also crucial to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to optimize its energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be integrated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that section connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might think about putting some into a tranquil Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas perfect for a water feature.


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