Cottage Garden Landscaping is mainly about the profusion of planting and the sense of informality, however beneath this lies structure. Cottage Gardens typically have functional and sometimes straight paths constructed in a formal layout using materials which complement and create a strong link with the house. Materials for paths can include gravel, brick or random stone paving which when accompanied with sturdy hedges of clipped box, or lavender bring a formal sense of structure to the garden.
The formal structure can then be tempered by the introduction of herbaceous planting to cascade over the hedges thereby softening the appearance of the garden and making it appear more informal. Additionally timber pergolas can also be incorporated into the garden to create divisions and an area for climbers.