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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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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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A Tiny and Lush Terraced Front Garden in Brittany

Planted on a steep hill dropping sharply from the house to the street, this garden packs in a whole lot of greenery in a truly tiny space! The shrubs planted are low maintenance and also hold the soil in place on this slope. They include buddleia davidii, hebe, ceanothus, barberry, juniper and many more. Many are also blooming shrubs that provide color an interest spring through fall, in addition to all the varied foliage colors and shapes making this a charming setting for the house year round.

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Le Faou: Extravagant Tropical Mixed Borders

Listed among France’s “Plus Beaux Villages de France” (most beautiful villages),  Le Faou in Brittany puts out a display of stunning plantings and borders of shrub roses, cannas, silk trees, and many other shrubs and perennials. The mixed borders have the feel of a tropical garden.

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Landscaped Orchard Garden and arbor near the sea

Much like the Normandy region, Brittany, France is known for its apples. Countless varieties are grown in every garden of Brittany. This garden divided a small orchard from a vegetable garden area with a rustic wood arbor covered in vines. There is also a row of espaliered fruit trees hedging the side of the property.

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A Picture perfect kitchen garden in northern France

The elderly couple who owns the house tends this kitchen garden or “potager” as the French call it almost year round. Come September, a cover crop is coming out to replace the potatoes in the center patch, and fall vegetables such as leeks, pumpkin and artichokes still fill the garden. The marigolds at the end of the rows repel certain garden pests from the vegetables.

On the other side of the house, a row of kiwi vines, some over 30 years old, are trellised along the wall, and a garden bench offers a peaceful place to rest for a moment.

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Row of trellised kiwis
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Kiwis (Actinidia)
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Mixed shrubs hedges

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Fairytale Cottage Rose Garden in France

Climbing roses and purple clematis cover the arch at the entrance to this stone cottage straight out of a fairy tale in a small fishing village of northern Brittany, France. More climbing roses cover the front of the house, although they have finished blooming for the summer, and yet more roses, old fashioned knockout roses,  cover the hedge. Hydrangeas flourish in the shade of the side wall.

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The photos above were taken in August. The ones below were taken in September when the roses were reblooming in a stunning display of color!

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Roscanvel, Brittany Garden with Outdoor Fireplace

This is a very traditional French country cottage garden with such features as climbing roses trellised over the hedge, hydrangea borders, mixed perennial borders, a collection of potted floral arrangements throughout the garden, and a brick outdoor fireplace.

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A Seaside Kitchen Garden with Raised Beds

I happened upon this lovely seaside garden in the village of Roscanvel. The plants and flowers in the raised beds are all carefully labeled. The beds are arranged in a grid pattern with grapevines and apple trees growing along the back wall.  When the vegetables in a raised bed have been harvested, wildflowers are planted as cover crops. The ocean view of course is beautiful!

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