Add Windows If your space is small, create windows, as seen in this gate, and vary the height of your plants or structures. That will give the area some visual relief -- and give your yard a playful quality.
Cottage Garden Design Style White picket fence, gate, arbor, and the use of rose combined creates a cottage garden style. I can imagine walking through that gate and relaxing with the family, very informal and causal.
Where the dogs have worn the path down. Utilize reclaimed pallet wood to build a rustic wooden walkway. You can use it to link two areas of your backyard, or to add some character to a quiet corner. Get the tutorial at Funky Junk Interiors.