Romance in the Garden, French-Country Style

The marriage of colorful cottage-style gardens with formal design, clipped hedges and stone hardscapes inspired the 19th-century French impressionists — and this romantic design style can look just as beautiful in 21st-century yards.

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The overall structure of the French-country style typically follows a formal rectangular or circular pattern, with at least some symmetry. Here, the terraces are identical except for the direction of entry. Hardscaping is often done in stone.

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