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Wondrous Landevennec Garden Part 1: Plantings and Borders

This lovely garden just outside the small coastal town of Landevennec in northern Brittany  is absolutely full of surprises at every turn. I will show more of the garden structures in my next post, such as the bridge, gazebo, arbor, etc. In this post I will focus on the fantastic borders and plantings all throughout this garden.

The hedges all around mix a variety of shrubs for texture, foliage and blooms, together with perennials for touches of colors. The fall blooms of the dahlia borders add magical color to the fall garden.  Hostas and other shade loving plants fill shadier corners.

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Mixed borders of dahlias and mums

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Mixed hedges

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Mixed hedge shrubs with accent of black eyed susans

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Mixed shrubs ad texture, color and interest

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Underplanting of heather

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Acanthus grows by the mailbox

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Silk tree in bloom

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Purple leaf barberry

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Hydrangeas and dahlias

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A shady corner

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Shade loving plants

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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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