A gentle slope relies on shade-hardy plants for textural interest. Big brush strokes of color -- from the same plant -- draw up the eye through the landscape; here, a bright red stretch of astilbe beckons at the top of the path. Sedum and lamb's ear too.
If you are one of those that want to hear the sound of a streaming river in your garden, then you should definitely pay attention to our 20 Outstanding Natural Garden Stream Designs That Will Amaze You.
20 Ways to Get the Cottage Garden Look - 13. Incorporate rocks and gravel wherever possible. This can mean a slate patio, a gravel path, stone steps or incorporating existing boulders and exposed ledge.