Cottage Garden With Black Picket Fence Relaxed plantings are typical of a cottage garden design. Pink and red flowers line a stone walkway surrounded by pebbles and a black picket fence in this garden for a classic cottage design.
Pondless Backyard Fountain Pond and Waterfall. Even without the fountain, which in Az will grow algae like nobody's business, I think the idea of softening up the patio with a little rock garden with plants mixed in.
Even the large stone stairs seem to "spill" from an upper lawn to a lower one, as water would spill between ponds, in this scene from the upper, walking garden in this otherwise small suburban backyar (Garden Step Design)