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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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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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Unusual Japanese Rock Garden Roundabout in France

I am endlessly surprised and often delighted at the thought and effort French towns put into landscaping their roundabout. I will be writing other posts on more of those roundabouts, some with tropical plantings, other with cottage garden good looks.  This is one is inspired by Japanese gardens.

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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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Nantes “Jardin des Plantes” Part 3: the Botanical Gardens

My first post on the Jardin des Plantes in Nantes was about the hothouses and scientific garden, the second one was on the art and statuary, this one focuses on the theme gardens and plantings.

Meandering through the park, from the scientific garden, I first came across the shade garden, ferns and hostas surrounded by an amazing variety of evergreen shrubs and trees.

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The theme garden “the Mountain” is inspired by 19th century gardens such as Kew garden in England, and was installed in 1847 by the then director of the Jardin des Plantes. A labyrinth of plantings guides a circular ascension to the top and a lookout point to the Loire river.

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Water features dot the park.

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Thousand of annuals, perennials and shrubs create lush borders year round. Photos below show just a small sampling and include gunnera, pennisetum, gingko, silk tree, hydrangea borders and mixed borders throughout the park.

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Gingko Biloba

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Japanese grass

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Silk tree

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Gunnera

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Ornamental grasses

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Pennisetum and annuals

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Hydrangea hedge

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Gunnera

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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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Nantes “Jardin des Plantes” Part 2: Art at the Botanical Gardens

My first post on the Jardin des Plantes in Nantes was about the hothouses and scientific garden, this one focuses on the  art installations and statues.

Art ranges from classic to modern with planted “totems” and an installation by Claude Ponti.  Also dotting the park are other features, some quirky, such as a  bird house, wavy benches, or a lookout point with a frame for photo taking.

Not only are the planting stunning, but this garden offers unexpected and delightful surprises at every turn.

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