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. This romantic design style can look just as beautiful in 21st-century yards.
©Courtesy of Shellene Mueller
Here, parterre and topiaries create the formal "bones" of this French-style garden, while unclipped flowering trees, vines and perennials lend a romantic feel.
French-Style Front Yard
French Country Garden
Formal French Fountain
Must-Have: Fragrant French Lavender
French gardens "celebrate the senses," Shellene says. "You're visually stimulated, you're smelling lavender and thyme, there's interesting texture — all the senses are stimulated."