Introduce the Energy of Feng Shui into Your Garden

Add feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can carry energy into your home.

When introducing feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small area works. If you have a lush, charming one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design. be_125_art__47015.jpg

The same tools you employ to incorporate feng shui design into your house can be used in the garden. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your home’s bagua, so it is essential to determine your home’s first.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should understand how to apply each of them to intensify the 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 growth energy. A perfect addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a tranquil Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Think about integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Deciding on the Ideal Spot for Your Water Fountain

It is important to consider how a water fountain will fit into your garden before buying one. They make striking centerpieces in roundabouts and make a wonderful impression in driveways and entryways too.

If you prefer to put yours against a wall, there are fountains designed expressly for this purpose. Normally, 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 spot. There are many natural threats such as wind or animals which can knock over your fountain if you do not securely attach it to the wall, so do not neglect to do this immediately.

The garden sculpture style, yet another option, is lovely for parks or any place people are inclined to hang out to enjoy the fresh air and scenery.

The Perfect Tiered Water Fountain for your Yard

Gardens are common places to showcase a tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain typically have many tiered fountains. The courtyards of buildings and public squares are just a couple the places you might see one. While some multi-level fountains have intricate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple.

Any area can be embellished with one, although a more conventional setting is sometimes more appropriate. If done correctly, anyone seeing the fountain will believe it has been there forever.

The Original Water Feature Creative Designers

Often serving as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and highly educated scholars all in one, from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century, fountain designers were multi-faceted people, Leonardo da Vinci, a Renaissance artist, was celebrated as a inventive genius, inventor and scientific virtuoso. He methodically reported his observations in his now famed notebooks about his investigations into the forces of nature and the qualities and motion of water. Combining imaginativeness with hydraulic and landscaping expertise, early Italian fountain engineers modified private villa settings into ingenious water displays full with emblematic implications and natural charm. The brilliance in Tivoli were created by the humanist Pirro Ligorio, who was widely known for his capabilities in archeology, architecture and garden design. Other water feature engineers, masterminding the extraordinary water marbles, water features and water humor for the various domains in the vicinity of Florence, were tried and tested in humanistic subject areas and traditional scientific texts.

Common Water Fountains Seen in Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens usually have a water feature.

You will often see Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual purification. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simplistic because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

Bamboo is a common material to use for spouts and therefore often added into water fountains. Below the bamboo spout is typically a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. It ought to have a worn-down, weathered look and feel as well. People want their fountain to appear as natural as possible, so they position plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. As you can probably surmise, this fountain is symbolic rather than just decorative.

An alternate possibility is to get a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. The idea is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the area, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

More substantial water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Popular water feature extras are a koi pond or any sort of little pool, or even a wandering brook.

However, water does not need to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. It is appropriate to use representations of water in lieu of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to give the illusion of a babbling brook.


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