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FRENCH FANCY

BEFORE

French Garden, front before
A French house with no garden, front view

French Garden, back before
The back of the property has slope issues, existing trees towards the back of the property, and a septic system to work around

THE DESIGN

French Garden, plan
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French Garden, plan at back
The back garden plan will be implemented over several years

French Garden, back garden sketch
A sketch of the back near where the owner planned to install the first portion of the back garden

AFTER

French Garden, front after
The front garden after 2 years

French Garden, front fountain
The focal-point of the front garden: the antique French fountain all the way from France


French Garden, C-scrolls
C-scroll boxwood hedges surrounding the fountain, as viewed from the upstairs balcony

MORE AFTER PHOTOS

French Garden, looking up the steps
walking up the side steps from the back garden to the front garden

French Garden, back garden seating
Table and chairs for cigar-smokes outside the theater room at the back of the house

ABOUT

  • A new French-style home needed a garden to match; the owners loved Versailles and wanted a garden with that theme
  • The owner requested Fleur-de-lis, C-scrolls, potted topiary and formal boxwood hedging

  • The owner wanted no lawn out front, but low evergreen groundcovers were acceptible

  • The had a minimal budget and had selected a contractor before we were hired
  • Keep the style and the garden as French as Versailles. The owners travelled to Versailles and loved that garden.

  • Install a bicycle sidewalk in back and a large lawn for the children.

  • Bring the interior colors outside into flower colors and art.

  • Provide a spectacular entry to suit the entry of the home.

PROJECT GOALS

  • Create a formal French garden to match this French style home.
  • Consider the colors and style of the home's interior.

  • Provide planters and places for the owner to install seasonal color plants.

  • Keep in mind that the garden will be maintained by a landscape service.

  • Create places for children to play.

DESIGN CONCEPTS

  • A new French-style home was a strong influence in the design of this garden - front and back.
  • Fleur-de-lis, C-scrolls, potted topiary and formal boxwood hedging dominate the front garden. Instead of lawn, a drought-tolerant groundcover was used.

  • A retaining wall was designed to function as a planter, also, and uses the same brick facing to coordinate with the house.

  • Shrubs and flowers found frequently in French gardens, such as lavender and blue iris, are included for year-round interest.

  • The back garden will likely take years to complete, but the side and upper patio have been installed to access the recreational theater room downstairs. More C-scrolls, potted topiary, and formal boxwood hedging are envisioned, in addition to the retaining planters and stairs to navigate and hold back the side slope. Unlike the front garden, the back garden will have a large lawn for children.

 

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