Ranch cottage house plans have as three entrances to the transition from house to garden. They usually have a cement slab patio with access through a sliding glass door that can be replaced by a more efficient door or French style doors. The bland concrete patio can be replaced with a wooden deck or upgraded to tile or slab. Repair, paint or replace fencing damage.
Trees should be just above the roof line. A huge, imposing dwarf tree to the one-story house. If you want large trees choose wide long height and plant the trees outside the ranch cottage house plans. Most ranch houses were built decades ago when landscaping was very simple, so consider upgrading. And also choose plants that complement the environment and the color of the house. Do not plant bushes throughout the foundation. Then, create beds around the edge of the property. Original brush plants have to be replaced but some may be worth keeping.
Try to match landscaping materials in the style of the house. Many ranch cottage house plans have brick fronts and fireplaces, so brick must be used for route and edging materials. If you have the face of the stone house, it should correspond. The most common errors of gardens are using contrasting hard work materials.