Harvest Moon

Regain your childhood’s fun and treat yourself to a small herb and fruit-and-veg garden.

IIn my childhood, not only my parents, but also all my aunts and uncles grew fruit and veg in their gardens. I wasn’t that much into the veggies as a child, but cherries, strawberries, raspberries and pears were my favorites. It was magic: eating fruits directly from shrubs and trees, adorning yourself with “cherry-earrings”, pulling panicles of redcurrants through your teeth, making funny faces when eating unripe gooseberries and quickly throwing wormy plums over into the neighbor’s garden.

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Private Beach Paradise

Bring the beach into your Mediterranean garden

I It is the ultimate dream of the south: a house right on the beach or overlooking the sea. Perhaps you’ll have to stick with the view of the more or less distant sea. But even if your garden on the Côte d’Azur is a few kilometers from the beach, you can still easily create a special garden that brings the feeling of beach, summer, sun and salt on your skin to your private home.

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La vie en Rose

Do roses grow well in a Mediterranean garden on the French Riviera?

RRoses, these thorny, but smooth-petalled and perfumed flowers have been an integral part of our culture for thousands of years. Ancient Sumerians adored them cultically, in China roses have been cultivated since 2700 B.C., the Egyptians dedicated the red rose to their goddess Isis. Greeks crowned their glorious warriors with them, and the infamous Roman emperor Nero indulged his guests at the legendary “sub rosa”-party with rose petals, rosewater, rose oil and rose wine. In the early age of sail roses became the export hit of the Orient and, when the “War of the Roses” was finally over, England made the rose its national flower. Continue Reading →

Precious Gardens

Garden investments increase your property’s value

OOwners and buyers invest increasingly into the design of their gardens, especially those acquiring exclusive properties. It is not only the longing for inspiration and recreation, or the quest for an adequate representation of their lifestyles, that drives them. It has been common knowledge for a long time now, that individually and professionally designed gardens are a profitable investment, and that’s not only true for luxurious properties. Continue Reading →

Le tapis vert – The Green Carpet

About lawns on the French Riviera – and lawn alternatives for subtropical climates

HHabits, loved and unloved ones, are in all cultures, what two German sayings would express as „the salt in the soup“ and „the hair in the soup“ – both at the same time. On the French Riviera you don’t get around your jardinier’s cultivated déjeuner. Continue Reading →

Make a good impression – also when selling your property!

When there is a designed garden, the house will get more attention …

WWhen browsing through some house advertisements on the Internet the other day, by companies like Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Savills, Knight Frank and Engel & Voelkers, I noticed once again the importance of gardens. Not only on a personal level, but on a financial level. Continue Reading →

What real estate professionals recommend about garden investments

“Bigger plants and increasing sophistication of landscape design (have) a material positive effect on home prices.”

A property with a planned and carefully implemented garden has a large advantage when buyers compare many different properties, and it can give you a decent return on investment. But just how much ROI can you expect? And how to go about it? Continue Reading →