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Create Your Own French-Inspired Garden in 5 Ways

Written by Posted On Sunday, 12 January 2020 23:55

French villas and courtyards are among the most beautiful places anywhere in the world, with their well-manicured gardens and stunning fountains and pools. Now, if you’re planning to create your own French-inspired garden in the States, there are some things you need to consider.

First is, you should have authentic features such as iconic Versailles planters to achieve faithful reproduction of a French garden. These types of planters were introduced in the 1600s during the reign of King Louis XVI. They are known for their elegant craftsmanship and the ability to protect fruit trees and other plants.

There are companies that create these planters so you can simply order one from them and have them installed in your French garden. Here are five other things that you have to remember when setting up your own French-style garden:

Include elements that offer a level of privacy

Many French gardens have design elements such as hedges, rubble walls, and gates. These features offer a certain level of privacy to the owners of the house and their family or guests so they won’t be easily spotted by the neighbor’s prying eyes.

Just take a quick look at some of the French gardens whose pictures appear on the internet and you’ll have an idea of this unique design DNA.

Have a potager installed

potager or French kitchen garden has an interesting mix of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruits. It is a perfect accent to have in your planned French garden, especially if you love to eat organic food.

A potager is rather easy to add since there are available samples online. One great thing about adding this element in your garden is the degree of design flexibility that you have at your fingertips. You can go for a spiral, checkerboard, or cube pattern. In fact, any shape that you can imagine and desire.

It is thus easy to see why a potager is found in many French properties for their aesthetic and highly practical benefits.

Throw in a simple water feature set-up

It’s hard to imagine any French garden setting without some sort of water feature in it. With this, be sure to consider adding any water feature that is allowed by your budget and available space. Be it a small pond, a water fountain perhaps, or a birdbath, just pick one that you think would best suit your design needs, available budget, and spare space.

Mind your pathway and border materials

French gardens have a distinct focus on borders and pathways, so you must consider them, too.

Among the materials that you may consider using for your pathways and borders are gravel and stone since they evoke a minimalist, yet elegant and natural appeal that French gardens are known for.

Get your greens right

Choosing the right species of plants (herbs, ornamentals, and edible plants) is critical in achieving a truly authentic French garden look. Here are some recommendations to help you out:

  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Roses
  • Honeysuckle
  • Catmint
  • Boxwood

Creating a relaxing environment is easier if you know exactly what you need. Just remember these five things and you should have an authentic-looking French garden in no time.

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