Outdoor Water Features Come in Many Shapes and Sizes

Have you ever contemplated converting your garden into an oasis of tranquility? Integrating a fountain into your yard provides tranquility as well as a variety of powerful effects that come with having a water feature.

The stream of water sent shooting into the air by a spouting fountain is an impressive sight to see. a-349__67043.jpg Large, existing ponds can easily be fitted with one of these. You can find these in community parks or old mansions.

Wall fountains are an excellent example of outdoor wall features. Even with a smallish backyard, it is possible to put in one of these water features. While spouting fountains leave behind an impressive effect, wall fountains are rather understated water features. In this simple process. the water which is forced out of a small opening, moves down a beautifully textured wall and is then collected at the bottom before being pushed back to the top.

Themed fountains are best when the look of your garden allows for them. Consider a classic type of statue, such as a cherub supporting a spout, for the fountain if your home or garden is rustic in style. Modern-day gardens, on the other hand, benefit from something more adventurous. Feel free to let your hair down and choose something interesting and intrepid.

Tiered fountains are charming because the water moves down multiple levels. Cascading fountains is another name used to identify this type of fountain because water streams down multiple levels.

Due to the fact that outdoor fountains can take up a lot of room, fit in a wall fountain or a pondless fountain if the space you have is limited. The reservoirs required for these kinds of fountains are buried underground which helps you better use your limited space.

Japanese fountains are believed to impart a sense of tranquility and well-being. The water moves through bamboo sticks in this type of water feature. The cycle of water flowing into a rustic-styled recipient or a molded stone repeats itself again and again.

One of the many styles of fountain available is the glass fountain.

Featuring shaped metalwork, trellis-style fountains of this kind have a more traditional feel. However, this style of water feature is better suited to backyard gardens with many sharp corners as well as contemporary forms and design. The water produces a spectacular effect when it streams down the surface of the glass. Some fountains also include colored LED lights to shine onto the sheets of glass as water streams downwards. The jagged surface of rock waterfall fountain makes for an interesting façade as the water softly flows downwards.

Bubbling rock fountains are big rocks drilled with holes which are then filled with tubes in the center. The bubbling and gurgling at the uppermost part of this type of fountain are brought on by the water being thrust upward at low pressure. Flowing towards the base of the fountain, the water comes back as a slow drizzle down the sides of the rock. This is yet another possibility for gardens with restricted space. The low pressure used in this sort of fountain inhibits water from being spattered about in case of a windy day.

The trend of setting up solar powered fountains is becoming progressively widespread. There are numerous reasons for this newly found appeal such as the absence of cables, less difficulty in running them, a reduction in electricity bills, and the benefits to the environment. You will not have to concede on style since there is a wide array of designs to choose from in outdoor solar-powered fountains.

Enhance Your Backyard with the Help of Feng Shui

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

Do not fret if your garden is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. A huge space is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The principal feng shui tools can be used for your home decor as well as your garden design. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to know your home’s bagua.

Before getting going, make sure you comprehend the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their 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 improvement 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.

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

The Wonderful Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Amazing finds of both Christian and pagan origin have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is mainly for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was not well known and located far from sight making it hard to visit. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a drab and deserted part of the city. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to erect a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an attempt to make the area more popular. Work on the church's foundation began on on August 11, 1717. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.


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