French country gardens typify the romance of the country and bask in the glory of what it means to be French three hundred years ago amidst the splendor and grandiose times of French kings. With fountains, statues, archways, and maybe even some mazes amongst the hedges, you can re-create a romantic stroll through the gardens much like the French did with their property centuries ago.
You don’t have to have a big yard to do a French country garden. Even in small spaces you can have a small fountain, some angelic statue, and even a small archway to get you to where you are going with some simple hedges as a fence line.
The key to the garden is color. Splashes of reds, yellows, blues, and green of course are all welcome. You can even include some vegetables as many French country gardens were also sources of food. If you have a large enough space, create some walkways with which you can enjoy your garden easily.
Trees go with a country garden as they are perfect spots to place a bench under so you can see the garden in some shade. If you have massive amounts of shade in one area of your garden of course you’ll need some plants that do well in shade such as geraniums or a Christmas rose.
As with most types of planting, spring is the thing. For plants that are ivy, you will clearly need to wait for them to be brought to fruition, but you should leave a decent amount of space for your plants to grown. With walkways, statues, and birdbaths in your garden you should also leave room for plants.
Don’t be afraid to put herbs and some vegetables amidst the flowers. Cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, carrots, fennel, rosemary, and whatever you like are all appropriate to add some green to your garden.
All kind of flowers belong in a French country garden such as lilacs, tulips, poppies, lavender, and daisies. Tall grasses would also work in conjunction with some hedges to make a border or to make a mysterious turn in the path be hidden until you walk upon it.
If your plants are spread apart, make sure you have some eyes for weeds. Water as needed, probably at least once every couple of weeks or so or once a week if it is very dry. Maintenance for a French country garden shouldn’t be any different than what you do for any garden. The more conveniences you install such as plastic sheeting to keep out weeds and any irrigating hoses would make your life easier if you have a large garden.