Antiques make a great focal point!
I love going to the Antique Trove in Roseville. In addition to the huge indoor area, there's a garden section in the back with columns, angels, pots, seating, fountains. I find it all rather evocative and inspiring.
I used this gate in my garden display at the recent California Flower & Garden Show. It provided a bit of an enclosure for a sitting area with citrus. In this case it wasn't a focal point, but somehow created a bit of dimension that made the ordinary quite remarkable. Wouldn't it make a lovely trellis for a climbing rose?
I've often seen millstone bubbler fountains advertised in gardening magazines and wondered where they got the millstones. These were in Riley's Antiques, a vendor at the Trove (he loaned me the Spanish bed for my display!).
High Hand Nursery in Loomis is a master at mixing plants with antiques, making wonderful use of old trucks, stoves or sweet fountains like the one above.
Isn't this little boy lovely? He's mine! He sits on my patio and currently has succulents growing in the basin. He was in the back section of a client's garden, neglected and sort of just there, like an old wheelbarrow or broken ladder. I traded some services for him. I feel lucky to have him, and appreciative that the owner was willing to let him come to my house.
For me it's a happy garden combination, plants and antiques. I don't quite know how to describe it but it works!