One of the most famous cottage gardens is Monet's Garden at Giverny, designed by none other than the famous French Impressionist painter, himself. Art and literature influenced the historical course of landscape design in Europe. No discipline exerted a stronger influence on garden design than did landscape painting. It was a case of "life imitating art," if you will. Monet is a particularly interesting case, being not only an artist who painted landscapes but also someone who was active in landscape design. Thus in Monet's Garden at Giverny, we can see the influence going both ways.
Landscape design and landscape painting, then, share more than just the word, "landscape." Enjoy a glimpse of Monet's Garden at Giverny courtesy of Marion Boddy-Evans, About's Guide to Painting.