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.
*Boxwood 'Dee Runk' is reportedly the nicest of the columnar boxwoods tolerating shade and clay soils. Total height of ft tall can be sheared shorter. Max width about two feet. Advantage over other upright boxwoods is dense growth that won't flop open.