This seemed to me to be cottage garden planting density. Delicate blooms in pink, white, and purple nearly cover the antique urn in this English garden at Wollerton Old Hall. Photo by Clive Nichols Garden Photography.
colors, English garden inspiration (pink roses, purple thistles, dark-leaved actea and heuchera, variegated grasses)
The perennial beds in a French-country garden offer an explosion of color — much like a Monet painting. Walkways may be flagstone, pea gravel or stone dust.