Sometimes very simple things can make a design really come together. This garden is in a very farm-y setting in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, and I saw it just last weekend. I loved the unembellished metal arches that serve as a kind of railing on the raised bed and would warn visitors (or gardeners) not to step off the edge. Think how silly a wooden railing would be in this kind of atmosphere!
And who would have thought that a hammock could actually be fashioned from wood? Look closely at the construction. I'm not sure how this was made, but it looks terrific against the green grass and fits perfectly with the woodland setting beyond. It also looks to be quite comfortable for reading or snoozing.
Sometimes it's just the plain, unelaborate elements that make a garden stand out from all the others.