Landscape Design: A Secret Garden 2. The Secluded Nook Not all garden seating areas have to be formal decks, patios or balconies. A secret garden can be nestled into the edge of a border right among the plants, giving you a front-row seat for watching butterflies and smelling the roses. Add lots of plants behind and to each side to create a leafy enclosure. Fragrant plants in such an intimate space would be a delightful bonus.