July 25, 2024


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French Garden Landscaping – Fraiche Living


It took a great deal of time to get our French Backyard Landscaping proper (a lot more tries than I care to admit). BUT, in the end I adore it so much! I get questioned a great deal about the distinct crops that we utilized and the structure, and am sharing it all listed here.

We went with a layered seem for the landscaping to produce a little bit of a French vibe: and I imagine it labored! Our largely-white and green yard is flanked by tall cedars that give it a great deal of privateness. We are blessed to have obtained an older dwelling (developed in 1974) with some experienced trees and shrubs to perform with.

Our landscaping style was performed by our buddy Jillian and planted in element by Lakeshore Landscaping (extremely recommend, they also did our pool deck and turf). My suggestion? Don’t wing it. Plan it out nicely in advance to stay clear of throwing away time and money (we designed this mistake at initially, take it from me). In this article is the link to our pool site if you have inquiries about that undertaking.

Tori Wesszer garden

French Backyard Crops

There are a find selection of crops that we employed to produce this French Yard appear.  We also made use of GlenGrow mulch during! Right here they are:

boxwoods and blue hydrangeas


There are a good deal of selections when it arrives to boxwoods: I discovered myself staring into room seeking to navigate them!  In the end we went with Environmentally friendly Gems which keep compact and compact, making them superior for borders.  We planted them at the edge of our landscaping exactly where it satisfies the garden and patio to develop a manicured border.  We obtained ours from Dogwood in Kelowna.

hydrangeas in planter
white hydrangeas

White Hydrangeas

Right after some trial and mistake, we ended up with the Incrediball hydrangea wide variety and they actually are, perfectly, extraordinary! I experienced previously planted Annibell hydrangeas but identified that they stalks weren’t durable more than enough, and the bouquets just drooped in excess of on the floor when they grew.  I love the Incrediball assortment and would plant the very same all in excess of once more: we have them in the entrance and back of our property.  Note that I very propose obtaining durable cages for them to maintain them increasing upright all season lengthy. This particular wide range improvements to a environmentally friendly colour in the later on summertime weeks which is diverse than other versions which can adjust color centered on the pH of the soil.


I Adore lilacs!  While they do not expand as fast as hydrangeas, they are so stunning in the spring.  We have a selection of lilac varieties in our again garden and I’m similarly obsessed with them all.  The predominant selection that we planted is Charles Joly, a French hybrid.

Foxgloves, lavender and roses for a French garden

Roses & Lavender

I had a small bit of house beside the backyard to plant anything, and went with roses. They are needy but I secretly like them for it!  There are so quite a few varieties to opt for from, but if you can get your palms on David Austen roses I extremely advocate them. These English roses are a bit pricier but if adequately taken treatment of, they will come back year soon after 12 months and are the most spectacular blooms I have ever observed. I went with Worthington Corridor (a blush peachy color) for most of them, and purchased them at Improved Earth Gardens below in Kelowna and also a blend of Coral Roses from Demonstrated Winners. We also ordered wonderful white top-grafted (topiary fashion) roses from Far better Earth for planters in our front and they have completed actually perfectly. We utilized lavender as a filler which does actually properly in the Okanagan in the dry local weather, and the bees Love it!

cherries and apples

Fruit Trees

We planted a amount of fruit trees to compliment our landscaping… Okanagan model! Cherries, plums, apples and peaches can be found all through our gardens, including a contact of edible neighborhood attraction.

Aged-Fashioned Flowers

I’m a sucker for previous fashioned flowers.  Here are the kinds I planted:


These mature incredibly tall, and likely require to be staked.  They develop in a wide variety of colours and I enjoy them all. I planted purple kinds, but the blue ones are amazing.



Identical to Delphiniums, Foxgloves increase tall and may possibly require to be staked. They increase fairly bell-formed bouquets along the stem and come in a wide variety of colors. I acquired a smooth peachy range from Bylands Back garden Centre in West Kelowna and am not sorry about it a single bit.


We planted Rhododendrons in the shaded location of our back garden: I confess that they really do not like it in this article.  They are happiest in a cooler, a lot more moist local weather so though we have them I’m not guaranteed that I would plant them once again, entire confession.



Oh my gosh, talk about showy and reduced maintenance!  Hostas are best for shaded areas: we have tons of them and I love how they fill out a house.  We have a variegated wide range together with just one that has bigger blue-tinged leaves. I never know the names but if you go to a local yard centre they can help you out.


Last but definitely not the very least, my favourites: peonies.  Spring blooms that arrive just immediately after lilacs, these delicate pillowy, intimate flowers are whole demonstrate stoppers. They arrive in each muted and bright colors, but I appreciate the comfortable pink ones best.

I hope you found this practical!  If you have any concerns remember to allow me know in the remarks beneath and I will do my greatest to answer!

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