The Ideal Tiered Water Element for your Garden

Fountains with multiple tiers can be found just about anywhere and have been featured in gardens for many years. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain generally have many tiered fountains. While they can be seen anywhere, they are most prevalent in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people get together. cpi_88058__72061.jpg Beautiful carvings can be found on some of the most sophisticated tiered fountains, while others have less complex designs.

Traditional or classic settings are ideal spots for them. If done right, anyone seeing the fountain will think it has been there forever.

Why Your Your Furry Friends and Flying Visitors Love Water Features

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water features bring in wildlife. All birds need a place to drink, bathe and preen. Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers prefer the flow of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Many birds prefer moving water versus standing water, making an outdoor fountain even more appealing than a bowl-shaped bird bath. Trickling fountains that splash around are heard from far away, attracting even more birds.

Dogs are drawn to fountains mainly because they provide drinking water. Dogs and cats will be outside looking out for clean water during hot weather. Also, regularly coursing water fountains require less maintenance than the still water of a birdbath that tend to get dirtier.

The Magnificent Cascade Water Fountain at Chatsworth

The Cascade garden fountain creates a dazzling centerpiece to the landscape and is situated at the back of Chatsworth House.

Twenty-four irregularly spaced stone steps stretch down the hillside for 200 yards towards the residence. The Cascade, also entirely gravity fed, is primarily based on a 17th century French design. Remaining unmodified since its inception, this water fountain was originally designed for the first Duke of Devonshire in 1696. The Cascade House overlooks the fountain, where water slowly moves downward. A small structure, the dwelling is decorated on the external side with sea creatures in bas-relief. Water pressure to the Cascade can easily be increased on special occasions, causing the Cascade House to become a part of the Cascade spectacle, as water passes through conduits on its roof and from the mouths of its carved sea creatures, before proceeding down the Cascade. Creating a fantastic and soothing accompaniment to a walk through the landscape, the minor contrast in size of each step signifies that the sound of the water plummeting down varies as it falls along the Cascades. In 2004, Chatsworth's Cascade was voted the best water feature in the UK.

The Genesis Of Fountains

A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

The central purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move downwards or shoot high into the air.

Serving as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to exalt the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

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

The Prevalence of Water Elements in Japanese Landscapes

A water element is an absolutely vital part of any Japanese garden. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical purifying, so it is typically placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simplistic because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Moreover, water fountains with built-in bamboo spouts are very popular. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically crafted of natural stones, and water trickles out. Even when new, it should be crafted to look as if it has been outdoors for a long time. So that the fountain looks at one with nature, people customarily adorn it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a beautiful add-on.

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

Gradually moss begins to grow over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area starts to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

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

Japanese fountains, however, do not necessarily need to have water in them. Attractive rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to create the illusion of a babbling brook.

Tips for Selecting the Perfect Water Feature for Your Needs

When you are deciding on a water fountain, be sure to give some thought to where you will put it. The entrance to a hotel or building is a wonderful spot for them, as they offer a lovely welcome to guests.

There are models such as wall fountains made specifically to be hung against a flat surface. Typically, they have something on the back of them like a hook or a bar with which you can use to attach them to a wall, post, or some other secure place. Since the top part of your fountain is unstable on its own, ensure that it is secure against a wall to avoid damage caused by strong winds, wild animals, or other natural threats.

In communal places like parks where people tend to sit and take it easy for a few minutes, you will notice one other option – the garden sculpture style.


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