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A French Garden in the UK


Today we are going to the UK to visit Fabrice.

Hi, my name is Fabrice. I am French and live in the UK. I played in France for a long, very long time, but I had to quit for health reasons. I’m crazy about gardening and I can’t live without it.

A multitude of shade-loving plants in containers creates a magical garden space. The colors of the containers blend in with the background of the wall and plaster. Shorter containers are in the front, while larger ones in the back raise the garden to meet wall-growing vines and even wall-mounted containers, creating a dynamic garden in a small space.

Plants in large containersNever think that trees and shrubs are the only ways to get height in the garden! In the foreground, a tall container overflowing with plants dominates, offering a view of the garden.

small garden full of grapevinesThis garden feels more like a tropical jungle than the UK. Vines grow everywhere to cover every surface with green.

Garden with a lot of varied foliage and without flowersThere are practically no flowers in this garden. Instead, carefully selected plants, vines, and pruned shrubs fill it with a million shades of green and leaf structure.

Chair surrounded by plants and bushesI love to see the almost see-through topiaries that are scattered around this garden. I usually see these forms of shrubs in strictly formal gardens, but here they are nestled in the lush jungle-like growth and make a wonderful contrast to it.

wooden garden chair surrounded by lush plantsWhat a magical place to enjoy this garden!

Hostas in ferns in the gardenFerns and hostas are wonderful companions that thrive under the same conditions, and their very differently structured leaves complement each other perfectly.

What an inspiring garden! The space is clearly very small, but careful planting that makes the most of vertical space makes it feel huge and complex.

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Robert Dunfee