Francois Catroux courtyard in Laurmarine, France. The provencal garden has ancient fortified stone walls with shutters on the windows, the floor is in gravel and the green throughout is planted in terracotta pots.
Characteristics of Provencal Gardens
have the perfect surroundings of the South of France but there is something to be learned from this realistic low maintenance approach to design. Europeans have an innate sense of style and even though their country gardens are casual they sure are stunning and charming settings where we can linger and never get tired of them. One main element I constantly see in these gardens is gravel, typically used in patios and pathways as well as partitions between boxwood. These country side gardens in Europe may be full of harmony, but make no mistake, these lush outdoor spaces are full of varieties. Usually lots of container
plantings for easy caring, lavender for the beauty as well as for the aroma, vegetable and herb farming for an organic living and ancient old trees. Since food and wine is an integral part of good living (in my and many others opinion), iron garden tables and simple chairs are a must for outdoor eating.
A corridor-like garden in the South of France with vine covered pergola for shading a table with chairs. A set of iron furniture with French Mattress and pillows and potagers flower garden is Provencal chic.
I took this picture on our trip to Provence last year. We got to spend a weekend in this idyllic place in the Luberon region. Soon I’ll do a full post about this amazing place because it’s worth it.
This garden is part of a home in Marbella I posted a while ago designed by Eduardo Dorissa and I still think is stunning. I love the old and strong tree and the way the sun reflects the light on the house walls.
This long pergola pass way is just too beautiful.
I took this picture while living in Germany. One of the things I miss the most is the beautiful Englischer Garten which is like the Central Park in New York but more understated and with immense bike lanes that allow you to bike almost from one end to the other end of the city.
I absolutely love this space. Everything about it from the boxwood to the climbing roses and pottery pot.