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French Backyard Landscaping – Fraiche Residing

It took numerous time to get our French Backyard Landscaping proper (extra tries than I care to confess). BUT, in the long run I adore it a lot! I get requested rather a lot in regards to the particular vegetation that we used and the design, and am sharing all of it right here.

We went with a layered search for the landscaping to create a little bit of a French vibe: and I believe it labored! Our mostly-white and inexperienced yard is flanked by tall cedars that give it numerous privateness. We’re fortunate to have bought an older home (in-built 1974) with some mature timber and shrubs to work with.

Our landscaping design was accomplished by our pal Jillian and planted partially by Lakeshore Landscaping (extremely suggest, additionally they did our pool deck and turf). My suggestion? Don’t wing it. Plan it out effectively upfront to keep away from losing money and time (we made this error at first, take it from me). Right here is the hyperlink to our pool weblog in case you have questions on that challenge.

French Backyard Vegetation

There are a choose variety of vegetation that we used to create this French Backyard look.  Right here they’re:

boxwoods and blue hydrangeas


There are numerous choices in terms of boxwoods: I discovered myself staring into area attempting to navigate them!  In the long run we went with Inexperienced Gems which keep small and compact, making them good for borders.  We planted them on the fringe of our landscaping the place it meets the garden and patio to create a manicured border.  We acquired ours from Dogwood in Kelowna.

hydrangeas in planter
white hydrangeas

White Hydrangeas

After some trial and error, we ended up with the Incrediball hydrangea selection they usually actually are, effectively, unbelievable! I had beforehand planted Annibell hydrangeas however discovered that they stalks weren’t sturdy sufficient, and the flowers simply drooped over on the bottom once they grew.  I like the Incrediball selection and would plant the identical yet again: now we have them in the back and front of our residence.  Notice that I extremely suggest getting sturdy cages for them to maintain them rising upright all season lengthy. This explicit selection adjustments to a inexperienced color within the later summer season weeks which is totally different than different varieties which might change color based mostly on the pH of the soil.


I LOVE lilacs!  Whereas they don’t develop as quick as hydrangeas, they’re so beautiful within the spring.  We’ve a wide range of lilac varieties in our again yard and I’m equally obsessive about all of them.  The predominant selection that we planted is Charles Joly, a French hybrid.

Foxgloves, lavender and roses for a French garden

Roses & Lavender

I had slightly little bit of area beside the backyard to plant one thing, and went with roses. They’re needy however I secretly love them for it!  There are such a lot of varieties to select from, but when you will get your fingers on David Austen roses I extremely suggest them. These English roses are a bit pricier but when correctly taken care of, they’ll come again 12 months after 12 months and are probably the most beautiful blooms I’ve ever seen. I went with Worthington Corridor (a blush peachy color) for many of them, and bought them at Higher Earth Gardens right here in Kelowna.  We additionally bought beautiful white top-grafted (topiary type) roses from Higher Earth for planters in our entrance they usually have accomplished rather well. We used lavender as a filler which does rather well within the Okanagan within the dry local weather, and the bees LOVE it!

cherries and apples

Fruit Timber

We planted a variety of fruit timber to go with our landscaping… Okanagan type! Cherries, plums, apples and peaches will be discovered all through our gardens, including a contact of edible native attraction.

Previous-Long-established Flowers

I’m a sucker for quaint flowers.  Listed here are those I planted:


These develop very tall, and sure have to be staked.  They develop in a wide range of colors and I like all of them. I planted purple ones, however the blue ones are beautiful.



Just like Delphiniums, Foxgloves develop tall and will have to be staked. They develop fairly bell-shaped flowers alongside the stem and are available a wide range of colors. I bought a comfortable peachy selection from Bylands Backyard Centre in West Kelowna and am not sorry about it one bit.


We planted Rhododendrons within the shaded space of our backyard: I confess that they don’t adore it right here.  They’re happiest in a cooler, extra damp local weather so whereas now we have them I’m unsure that I might plant them once more, full confession.



Oh my gosh, discuss showy and low upkeep!  Hostas are excellent for shaded areas: now we have tons of them and I like how they fill out an area.  We’ve a variegated selection together with one which has bigger blue-tinged leaves. I don’t know the names however in the event you go to a neighborhood backyard centre they can assist you out.


Final however definitely not least, my favourites: peonies.  Spring blooms that arrive simply after lilacs, these comfortable pillowy, romantic flowers are complete present stoppers. They arrive in each muted and vivid colors, however I like the comfortable pink ones finest.

I hope you discovered this useful!  In case you have any questions please let me know within the feedback beneath and I’ll do my finest to reply!

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