"Natural" doesn't have to mean "barren," nor does it have to be simply a reflection of the landscape beyond. This garden has an almost cottage look, with masses of grasses and perennials. The wagon wheels add an intriguing western touch and some vertical height to the space. Even the stepping-stone path could be found in an English cottage garden.Design tip: Look for grasses and perennials, such as penstemons, that are adapted to the climate and will provide some color to an otherwise green and brownish-red landscape. Another choice, especially with eastern exposure, is to plant hardy annuals. Group them together and keep the planting area small — even a little pop of color will go a long way.