The Prevalence of Water Elements in Japanese Gardens

No Japanese garden is whole without a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. Since water is supposed to be the central point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very simple. p-767__04149.jpg

Bamboo is a common material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains. The basin, which tends to be made of stones, receives the water as it trickles down from the bamboo spout. It should have a worn-down, weathered look as well. People want their fountain to appear as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously 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 aim 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.

More substantial water features can be created if there is enough open land. Popular water feature enhancements are a koi pond or any sort of tiny pool, or even a meandering brook.

Japanese fountains, however, do not actually need to have water in them. Other alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to symbolize water. The impression of a creek with trickling water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

Choosing Windchimes for Your Garden

Select simplified wind chimes in order to eliminate likely clashes in decor styles. This way they will mix in perfectly anywhere they are installed. When choosing wind chimes, remember that their sound is vastly more important than their look. In fact, many of the more decorative types of wind chimes are not made in such a way that allows for the same pristine sound quality as those of a simple aluminum design. When creating your wind chime garden, chimes can be hung at various heights. One instance is to locate your wind chimes on a terrace, another set in a small tree line and yet another amongst your flowers. The sound produced each and every time the wind blows will ring around your property. If the aesthetic aspect to your wind chimes is important to you, be sure to hang them in your line of vision. so you can appreciate the reflection of the rising and setting of the sun. Aluminum wind chime gardens fit well with stone settings, water features (such as a waterfall or a birdbath) and surrounding evergreens.

How to Include the Positive Aspects of Feng Shui to Your Garden

Experience the health benefits of feng shui by incorporating its design elements into your yard.

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

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your house can be used in the garden. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to understand your home’s bagua.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is vital to start by understanding how to strengthen each of its five elements.

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

Give some thought to introducing a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).


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