Off the Palladian home, a negative-edge pool blends into the natural surroundings, dropping off into a beautiful waterfall below. Well-planned flower beds, featuring native plantings, soften the strong geometric lines of the hardscaping.
Add curves. One of the hallmarks of cottage landscaping is the movement away from rigid geometric garden beds and toward serpentine shapes. In this case, the arch of the gate leading into a secondary "outdoor room" echoes the curve of the garden beds. The use of plants rather than formal walls lends a cohesive feel to the entire space.