The Elegance of Simple Garden Decor: The Garden Wall Fountain

Since garden water fountains are no longer dependent on a nearby pond, it is possible to place them close to a wall. p-315__36442.jpg Moreover, it is no longer necessary to dig, deal with a complicated installation procedure or tidy up the pond. Due to its self-contained nature, this feature no longer needs plumbing work. All the same, water has to be added regularly. Your pond and the proximate area are sure to get dirty at some point so be sure to drain the water from the basin and replenish it with fresh water.

Stone and metal are most prevalent elements used to make garden wall fountains even though they can be made of other materials as well. You must know the style you are shooting for in order to select the best material. Outdoor wall fountains come in many models and sizes, therefore ensure that the design you choose to buy is hand-crafted, easy to hang and lightweight. Be sure that your fountain is manageable as far as maintenance is concerned. Even though installing certain fountains can be difficult, the majority require little work because the only parts which need special care are the re-circulating pump and the hardware to hang them. Little exertion is needed to liven up your garden with these types of water features.

Where did Garden Water Fountains Come From?

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

The central purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to provide drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of gravity. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were frequently seen on Roman fountains. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs.

The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains constructed to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. The creation of unique water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

Nowadays, fountains adorn public areas and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

The Favorable Effects of Water Features on Your Cherished Pets and Flying Visitors

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water features bring in wildlife. The truth is that birds require water to: drink, bathe and preen. Birds such as robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers are usually enticed to the active water of fountains. While bowl-shaped bird baths can be dull to many birds, fountains are more enticing because of the moving water they generate. Trickling fountains which spatter water have a more detectable sound, this attracting even more birds.

Dogs like fountains because they provide another place to drink water. Dogs and cats will be outside looking out for refreshing water during hot weather. Fountains generally need little cleaning due to their constantly flowing water, whereas birdbaths need to be regularly serviced because they easily collect debris.

The World’s Most Amazing Water Fountains

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. The water reaches the amazing height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd with water levels of 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which rockets water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of propelling water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

The fountain shoots 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).

Jetting water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in seventh.

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

Water Features: A Must Have in any Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens typically include a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are considered emblematic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. It is uncommon to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains because the focus is supposed to be on the water itself.

You will also see many fountains that have spouts crafted of bamboo. Underneath the bamboo spout is usually a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. People generally make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people customarily enhance it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Needless to say, this fountain is something more than just a simple decoration.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain embellished with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. In time, as moss gradually covers the stones, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

If you are lucky enough to have a big plot of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Give some thought to adding a beautiful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

There are different options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Good alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to give the illusion of a babbling brook.


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