Category Archives: Cottage gardens

An Old Fashioned Flower and Vegetable Country Garden

This garden is very reminiscent of what the French used to call a “jardin ouvrier”. Literally meaning “workingman’s or bluecollar garden”, it refers to gardens that while having very much the look of cottage gardens served the very functional purpose of having to feed a family. Typically there will be a kitchen garden in the back or side of the house, with a flowered area in the front. I have featured other such gardens in my posts as they are often found in Brittany villages and around France.

The side of the house is dedicated to a vegetable patch towards the back with rows of tomatos, salads, cabbage, pumpkins, squashes, gourds and potatoes. Flowers are mixed in to help pollination. Towards the front are fruit trees and small vegetables.

The front of the house is planted with a riot of color from assorted annuals, perennials and dahlias, while potted floweres and container arrangements surround the front door and line the path.

Extra gourds and pumpkins go into a wheelbarrow by the gate.

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A Long and Narrow Front Garden Framing an Alley

The house in a small French village is sited towards the back of this narrow lot, away from the road, making it look like a woodland cottage nested in all that vegetation.

The plantings are mostly shrubs and perennials with a variety of foliage color and shape for year round interest,

A few trees, including a small pear tree in the front, add structure and make it look like an older, well established garden mixed border. Some of the plantings include fuchsias, pampas grasses, barberry, hydrangeas, roses, black eyed susan, and large patches of pink and white erigeron ground cover.

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Landscaped Terraced Garden in Brittany

This lovely garden is terraced on a small hill in a picturesque coastal village in norther Brittany, France, with lovely stone retaining walls and steps leading from the house up to the higher levels.  It is landscaped with many of the shrubs and perennials that are seen in many other Brittany gardens and are very well suited to the climate: hebe, hydrangeas, roses, wisteria, alyssum, viburnum …

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“Crafty” Country Garden in a Small Brittany Village

The front display at this garden gate is not for every one, but it certainly stands out. Gardening clay pots are arranged into “sculpture” of story book characters such as Little Red Riding Hood or the French Becassine. The garden itself, while fairly small, has a nice variety of fruit trees underplanted with flowers and perennials, lavender or roses, and in some areas, bordered by small hedges for traditional French style borders.

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Woodland Shade and Bamboo Garden

The far end of this property has been is planted with tall trees and has bee turned into a woodland shaded garden accented with statues and still lives, and edged in a bamboo grove transitioning to the rest of the garden. Other plantings such as Japanese maple emphasize the Asian garden feel of this garden.

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Brittany Terraced Garden with a Tropical Feel

This garden lies behind the house on a hill up from the waterfront. It has the feel of a tropical retreat with lush banana trees and bamboos offering a lush backdrop for the many perennials such as hydrangeas or roses found in so many Britttany gardens.

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Bright Colors for this Camaret Flower Garden

Camaret is a small fishing village on the northern coast of Brittany, France, where a mild microclimate in this coastal region allows for an unusually large number of plants to thrive in local gardens.

It is impossible to pass this garden without stopping to admire the extravagant display of annuals, perennials, flowering and foliage shrubs, specimen plants, climbing roses, shrub roses, potted arrangements and water features.

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Landscaped French Country Garden by the Sea

A charming couple owns this house on the northern coast of France, and both are avid gardeners, changing and adding every year new plants, annuals from seed, and cuttings collected from fellow gardeners or just found during walks  around the peninsula. They are in the process of redoing the vegetable garden in the back, but  part of the front garden is dedicated to a home orchard of fruit trees, apples in several varieties, pears, and plums.  Specimen shrubs and palms are underplanted with perennials, and roses are mixed into borders at every turn, or found climbing the walls.

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Front of the garden

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Border of buddleia and viperine

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Purple blooming hebe in a border

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Bamboos on the left

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Fruit trees mix with specimen shrubs and palms

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Japanese anemone

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New shoots of viperine will grow tall blooming stalks come next spring

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Cannas under a window

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Climbing nasturtium and star jasmine

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Annual poppies and scented geraniums

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Crozon – Brittany: A Cozy Flowered Kitchen Garden

This pleasantly flowered kitchen garden blends vegetable patches with roses and perennial borders and makes this functional space a pleasant retreat to sit and relax as well as work in the kitchen garden.

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A Weekend Cottage Garden in Camaret

The owners of this lovely stone cottage in a picturesque fishing village on the Brittany coast in France, spend weekends and summers here.  A few fruit trees and vegetables go on the table, and pink oleanders, sunflowers and perennial borders make for a pleasant setting to eat out in the garden.

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