What makes a garden French Country?
You don't have to have an intricate parterre or a huge limestone fountain
to create the feeling of Provence in your garden.
When I returned from a trip to France, one of the first things I did was tear out some grass.
And then, a little more grass.
In France, I loved the sound of walking on gravel paths in the gardens, museum courtyards
and the path leading up to the Eiffel Tower.
So, I ripped out the grass and designed curved gravel paths in my front and back yards.
Every time I walk on them, I'm transported to France.
The edges are softened with thyme, creeping phlox, wild geraniums and soapwort.
Each year, I seem to expand the garden spaces around the house by eliminating more and more grass. When I first moved here, the yard was all grass with a crabapple tree in the middle of the back yard. Now, the gardens have taken over and encircle the house.
The front yard path curves around the porch through a chippy metal arch to the side garden.
The path is filled with pea gravel and crunches when you walk on it.
The back yard path winds like a snake to the back gate.
This one holds "red chip" and matches the red flagstone patio.
I think red chip is just flagstone scrap pieces that have been broken into tiny pieces.
A dry stream bed with a brick path lends a natural touch.
Another feature that enhances that French Country feeling is a bistro table and chairs.
I found mine on Craigslist. They've found a home under that crabapple,
complete with hanging lanterns. A perfect spot to admire the sunset with a glass of wine.
Add a recirculating wall fountain for a soothing sound
and pots overflowing with flowers and voila!
French Country at the foot of the Rockies.
Now, if I just had a rooster!