leave room in your garden for the angels to dance. I have a special "memory" garden where I put things I buy for my mom & other family members. (I don't like going to the cemetery. Plus, ornate things come up "missing" there.
Plants with multiple petals, such as roses and peonies, are cottage-style favorites, and they have the added benefit of sweet scent. Contrast heights within beds by using spiky classics such as foxgloves and delphiniums. For rose bed in front of house.