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Gorgeous Southern Garden… With its imposing fountain and vine-covered brick walls, this space oozes a lazily sensuous French Quarter vibe -- despite its Houston location. “Inside the walls, it’s both structured and lush … creating what I call ‘ordered chaos,’” says landscape architect Helen Grivich. “I like a little whimsy in the middle; I think a garden should make you smile.” (I would definitely smile, provided I had a wonderful gardner to take care of all this loveliness!)

Cottage garden complete with little black cat. I love the look, but my attempts at cottage gardening always looks like a hot mess.

Monet's Garden at Giverny, France. Pink cosmos, golden sunflowers and Fifi, the calico cat who resides at the garden. Photo by Elizabeth Murray, c. 1990, from a collection of postcards published by Pomegranate.

9 Lovely Ways to Make a Cottage-Style Garden

Use gravel to pave a garden path that meanders alongside your flower beds. The key is to avoid any rigid lines, instead letting the path wind to mimic the free-flowing nature of the flowers beside it.