cottage garden with path of decomposed granite, foxglove, boxwood globes and a tiered fountain
Photo: Marion Brenner
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8. Decorative Objects

Amid the teeming beds around a cottage, sundials, birdbaths, and fountains can focus the eye, still the mind, and make us smile. Moseley encourages people to have fun with such decoration but to use restraint so as not to complicate the picture. Plants themselves, she notes, can be ornaments. She often adds clipped boxwood globes, in garden beds or in pots, as a living substitute for sculpture. Such trim lines serve as a welcome foil for cottage plants' naturally untamed beauty.

Shown: In this garden, a path of decomposed granite is lined with banks of towering foxglove and punctuated with a tiered fountain circled by pots of boxwood globes.
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