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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Landscaped Front Yard by Cynthia Dodd
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Circular beds with romantic flowers and sculpted tree forms flank a water fountain and stone surfacing in this front yard. "It's easy to incorporate [elements of French-country gardens] into your own design style," says Cynthia Dodd, president of Plantscapes.

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