Contemporary Garden Decoration: Garden Fountains and their Roots

The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complete your home.

Pure practicality was the original purpose of fountains. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to provide drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains functioned using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. ppd-552__26769.jpg Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often utilized by Romans to beautify their fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. To mark the entrance of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

The end of the 19th century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. The introduction of unique water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for open spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational events.

Things to Think About When Deciding Where to Put Your Water Feature

It is important to think about how a water fountain will fit into your garden prior to purchasing one. Roundabouts and drives are wonderful spots for them.

Some types of fountains are specifically made to lean against a wall. Typically, they have something on the back of them like a hook or a bar with which you can use to affix them to a wall, post, or some other secure place. There are many natural threats such as wind or animals which can knock over your fountain if you do not securely fasten it to the wall, so do not forget to do this as soon as possible.

Anywhere people gather to sit and enjoy the fresh air is perfect for another option, a garden sculpture style.

Add the Power of Feng Shui into Your Garden

Introducing feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

As far as the size of your garden goes, it is not particularly important when incorporating feng shui design to it. Of course, a large area is ideal if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well.

Feng shui techniques are identical whether you are working in your garden or your residence. The first part is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should know how to apply each of them to maximize the energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks epitomize the Earth element.

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

Can Large Garden Fountains Help Purify The Air?

If what you are after is to breathe life into an otherwise uninspiring ambiance, an indoor wall fountain can be the answer. Your eyes, your ears and your health can be favorably influenced by including this type of indoor feature in your house. The research behind this theory endorses the idea that water fountains can positively affect your health. The negative ions generated by water features are countered by the positive ions emitted by today’s conveniences. When positive ions overtake negative ones, this results in bettered mental and physical wellness.

The higher serotonin levels arising from these types of features make people more attentive, serene and energized. The negative ions generated by indoor wall fountains promote a better mood as well as get rid of air impurities from your home. Water features also help in eliminating allergens, pollutants among other sorts of irritants. Finally, these fountains absorb dust particles and micro-organisms in the air thereby influencing your general health for the better.

Anglo-Saxon Gardens at the Time of the Norman Conquest

The arrival of the Normans in the 2nd half of the 11th century irreparably improved The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. The talent of the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons' in design and agriculture at the time of the conquest. However, there was no time for home life, domestic architecture, and adornment until the Normans had conquered the whole realm. Castles were more fundamental designs and often built on blustery hills, where their people spent both time and space to practicing offense and defense, while monasteries were large stone buildings, commonly positioned in the widest, most fruitful hollows. The bare fortresses did not provide for the calm avocation of farming. Berkeley Castle, potentially the most uncorrupted style of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists today.

It is said that the keep was developed during William the Conqueror's time. A spacious terrace intended for strolling and as a way to stop attackers from mining under the walls runs around the building. A scenic bowling green, covered in grass and enclosed by battlements clipped out of an ancient yew hedge, creates one of the terraces.

An Introduction to Garden Herbs

Lots of gardeners are attracted to herbal plants because they can use them in so many varied recipes. These plants are easy to grow and have the appeal of instant gratification, as they can be used in soups, marinades, and other recipes. An herb garden is easy to maintain with minimum daily care, and planter gardens and potted herbs can be easily moved inside once autumn frosts begin, making it possible to maintain an herb garden all year long. If you are thinking of adding perennial herbs to your backyard, you are making a good choice because they do not die easily or need replanting after every year passes. Over and above this, you should think about your personal taste inclinations when choosing herbs to flavor dishes. Basil, oregano, and thyme are great herbs to plant if you really enjoy cooking and eating Italian food. If you prefer Latin themed food, you may decide to plant cilantro instead. Where you put your herb garden will determine which herbs can grow there. It may be quicker to plant right into the ground if you live in a place that has hotter winters and much cooler summers. This makes it so you do not have to be concerned about making planters. It is also a stunning way to landscape your garden. There is nothing you can do to get away from harsh climate conditions that might hurt your plants. However, there's hope because planters can be relocated indoors whenever there's bad weather outdoors so they are flexible and convenient for your herbs.

The Pull of Multi-Tiered Fountains

Gardens are common places to showcase a multi-tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain typically have many tiered fountains. Piazzas and building courtyards are very common areas where you will find tiered fountains. All tiered fountains are alluring, although some have much more lavish carvings than others.

People love to showcase them in areas having a classic look and feel. The fountain should seem as old as the rest of the area and blend in accordingly.


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