Fountains: Important in any Japanese Gardens

A water feature is an absolutely vital part of any Japanese garden. 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 simple because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Bamboo is a common material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains. The basin, which tends to be fashioned of stones, collects the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. su2025_3__34056.jpg People usually make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. It is essential that the overall look of the fountain fits in with the natural surroundings, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Clearly this fountain is much more than merely a nice add-on.

For something a bit more distinctive, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then embellish it artistically with live bamboo and other natural elements. 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.

Wherever there is sufficient open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Give some thought to adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not need to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. Other options include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. The illusion of a creek with trickling water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.

The Globe's Most Splendid Fountains

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning fountain in the world. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

Coming in 2nd is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. This fountain is considered the tallest in the United States with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

With water jetting 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes the list.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can reach up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are running, even though it normally only reaches up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The fountain propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, finished in 1970, propelling water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

And at #8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Selecting Wind Bells and Windchimes for Your Backyard

In order to escape possible clashes in design styles, pick wind chimes which are simple in appearance. The aim is to place them anywhere they will fit and blend in effortlessly. When choosing wind chimes, remember that their sound is vastly more important than their appearance. As a matter of fact, the much decorative types of wind chimes are not fabricated so as to emit the same pure sound quality as those crafted of aluminum. Installing your chimes at different heights is important when creating your very own wind chime garden. For instance, setting up your wind chimes on a sundeck, in a small line of trees, or among flowers can create a beautiful outdoor environment. The sound produced every time the wind blows will ring throughout your backyard. Installing wind chimes in your eyeline so you can enjoy the sunrise and sundown will allow you to appreciate their visual aspects. Aluminum wind chime gardens fit in well with flowing water (such as waterfalls or birdbaths), stone decors and evergreens.


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