Hillside ResidenceEclectic Landscape, San Luis Obispo
Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture
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This photo has already been in a lot of featured ideabooks. But I couldn’t possibly leave out the bathing dragon. It serves as a delightful folly and fountain in the garden.Share: So now that you’ve seen some of the best outdoor bathtub options, are you ready to take the plunge? Let’s chat about it in the Comments.More12 Refreshing Ideas for Outdoor ShowersHouzz TV: 71 Dream Bathtub Views
Display sculpture. The whimsical garden is generally home to a number of unique sculptural pieces. This dragon-in-a-tub fountain is a case in point. The piece is peacefully nestled among rosemary and salvia. The beauty and power of this vignette would be compromised if several other sculptures were competing for attention. Observe the sight lines in your garden and place a sculpture so that the piece speaks on its own without competing with others. Bends in garden paths, hedges and even house corners create new opportunities to appropriately place sculpture.
Here is another example of plantings that are the exact right height. They surround this nest without creating a cloistered feel. If the plants were any shorter though, they wouldn't give a feeling of protection. This particular nest is situated on the side of a slight slope or hill which gives an added feel of protection and opens up to a vista below. In the midst of the quivering breezes of rosemary, salvia and lavender, with olive trees hovering in the background, I wish I was the dragon bathing in that fountain!
This photo has always been one of my favorite outdoor shots on the site. Not just because the fountain has a dragon in a tub, but also because the rosemary, lavender, and olive tree landscaping is one of my absolute favorite combinations.