Removing the lawn entirely in favour of more flower beds is definitely one way to go, but if you have a larger space you might want to keep some lawn sections in tact – just be sure to break up any large sections with planting and pathways. You can always try lawn alternatives such as chamomile or creeping thyme to enhance the cottage look and bring extra fragrance.
Steppingstones are a great way to add come cottage charm to your lawn and join up different areas of the garden.
Always plant close to the path or lawn, with unruly, fragrant plants like lavender spilling over and softening the edges.
To help fill your borders, try mixing fruit and vegetable plants such as redcurrants, rhubarb, and gooseberries. Peas, beans, and cabbages also work well inter-planted amongst your flowers.