"Gardens are the result of a collaboration between art and nature," according to Penelope Hobhouse, author of "Garden Style." Unlike the elaborate French style, an English garden emphasizes a naturalistic setting reminiscent of the countryside. The English garden characteristics allow it to flow into the landscape in a random but controlled design. Soft curves and winding, pebble strewn paths that have a rustic charm and give a sense of movement is a main characteristic of an English garden. Geometric forms for flower and herb beds such as squares and rectangles provide tidy areas in a relaxed setting. A common feature is a wooden bench positioned along or at the end of a pathway, and usually in front of a small pond or fountain. Statues and large flower pots normally line walkways as ornaments.