Water Features: A Must Have in any Japanese Landscapes

p_175_and_p_174_and_p_176__33390.jpg No Japanese garden is finished without a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered symbolic of spiritual and physical cleansing, so it is typically placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is the most essential component of any Japanese fountain, the design is usually simple.

Moreover, water fountains with bamboo spouts are very popular. The basin, which tends to be made of stones, receives the water as it trickles down from the bamboo spout. People typically make them appear weathered and worn, even when they are new. People want their fountain to seem as natural as possible, so they position plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just nice decor.

An alternate approach is to get a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. In time, as moss progressively covers the stones, it becomes even more natural-looking.

Anyone who has an extensive space to work with can, of course, install a much bigger water feature. Popular water feature extras are a koi pond or any sort of small pool, or even a meandering brook.

There are alternative options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Many people prefer to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in actual water.

The impression of a creek with trickling water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.

The Biggest Water Wonders Around the World

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

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

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated 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).

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water jets 190 meters (620 feet) high.

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 pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain opened in 2009 near to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded songs and propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

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

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Container gardening is perfect for herbs. It is very likely that a person who is captivated by the kitchen or garden,will most likely also be captivated by the subject of herbs. These lovely plants are suited to any amateur gardener; they are immediately satisfying as they can easily be introduced to any recipe. A couple of minutes of care and attention every day is all that is required to preserve an herb garden once it is planted, and planter gardens and potted herbs can be brought inside once the autumn nights begin to freeze, making it last all year long. Harvest times vary for herbs given that each variety will have a different rate of growth. Patience is needed for herb gardening, just like any other goal. Approach your herb garden like an athlete practices his/her day-to-day exercises, results might come slowly but they will come; caring for your herb garden is essential even when you do not notice results right away.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, famously one of the Seven Wonders of the World, were really just rooftop terraces filled with plant life. These waterproof rooftop gardens were intended to be built around a gigantic stone underpinning that would encircle the vast storage rooms below.

Water was brought up to the terraces by hydraulic systems and the terrace soil was profound enough to grow trees. The plants that were selected were thyme, poppy, anise, and rosemary.

Delight in the Splendor of the Cascade Water Fountain at the Garden of Chatsworth

The Cascade garden fountain creates an spectacular garden focal point at the back of Chatsworth House. Twenty-four irregularly positioned stone steps reach down the hillside for 200 yards in the direction of the house. The Cascade is based on a 17th century French design and is completely gravity fed as well. In 1696, this water fountain was built for the original Duke of Devonshire and has been kept unchanged ever since that time. At the apex of the fountain, from which water flows downward, is the Cascade House. A little building, the home is decorated on the external side with ocean creatures in bas-relief. Water pressure to the Cascade can be increased on special occasions, meaning the Cascade House becomes part of the Cascade sight, as water spills through conduits on its roof and from the jaws of its carved sea creatures, before proceeding down the Cascade. The size of each step was made slightly different and means that the sound of the water cascading differs as it descends the Cascades, offering a remarkable and soothing complement to a walk through the gardens. Back in 2004, Chatsworth's Cascade was chosen by historians at Country Life as the best water feature in England.

Tiered Water Elements for your Backyard

Gardens are popular places to put up a tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. You can find a lot of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European countries. Public squares and building courtyards are very common areas where you will find tiered fountains. All multi-level fountains are enchanting, although some have much more elaborate carvings than others.

Any area can be enhanced with one, even though a more traditional setting is sometimes more appropriate. If done right, anyone seeing the fountain will think it has been there forever.


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