Now I do live in just such a place. The front garden has a lovely English style (read profuse and a bit chaotic) flower and herb garden. In the back, there is a shade garden and two areas where I grow vegetables.
From the time I saw the place, I thought the front shutters should be painted blue rather than the faded charcoal grey they were. I like them much better this way, and they bring out the color of the masses of pale love-in-a-mist that are now blooming in various parts of the front garden.