Garden KnowHow

Garden knowhow for your Mediterranean garden on the Côte d’Azur.

TThere are so many things to know and to consider when it comes to gardens and garden design and professional garden maintenance. Get a first overwiew here …

Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Tree and Palm Tree Care  

Trees and palm trees

Trees give your garden its main vertical structure. They add height, serve as focal points and – over the years and with the right attention – they become highly distinctive features of your property.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Shrub and Hedge Care  

Shrubs & hedges

Shrubs provide the most important structure in your garden. They are quite low-maintenance and fill spaces between trees and lower herbaceous beds. With their enormous variety in leaf colours and sizes, growth, flowering and evergreen habits, shrubs are the ultimate tool to shape gardens from traditional, over classical to contemporary and new ornamental, no matter if you like your garden formal or informal.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Topiary and Garden Bonsais 

Topiary & ‘garden bonsais’

Topiary is the perfect solution to get almost living garden art, if you like formal styles. These high-value features make decisive designs in a very unique garden. ‘Garden bonsais’ serve as the informal equivalent in Asian and contemporary style gardens and are works of art of their own kind.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Fruit Trees and Shrubs, Citrus Trees and Vines 

Fruit trees & shrubs, citrus trees & grapes

Growing fruit gives you the invaluable opportunity of combining the joyful with the healthy, the beautiful, the ornamental, the formal and the informal. Who can ask for more? Whatever the reason may be why you want to have an orchard, it’s certainly worth while.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Rose Care 


The rose has been named the Queen of flowering plants. There are few plants that can compete with her variety in colours of both, blossoms and leaves, in growth habit and scent. She is not exactly low maintenance – but which true beauty is? Many say it’s impossible to grow English roses on the French Riviera successfully. Well, that’s simply not true.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Perennial Care 


Perennials are the source of an almost unlimited variety of shapes, sizes, colours, foliage, textures and scents. For every purpose there are perennials: to highlight, to blend, to frame or to create backdrops. Perennials are the designer’s tools to create colourful interest as seasons change. Caring for them is less maintenance as many people think.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Climber Care 


Climbers show their invaluable talent in adding – often flowering – vertical interest, where trees cannot be planted or space is limited, e.g. with walls, trellises or columns. Climbers can create shade in summer while providing light in the wintertime. They are suitable for informal or formal purposes and come into play successfully where structures, like pergolas have to be covered, or even hidden like fences or palm tree stumps.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Containers, Pots and Basin Plantings 

Containers, pots & basin plantings

Containers, pots and planting basins are indispensible for their versatility: they can give structure to both, classical and contemporary gardens, and they can be used for longterm or for seasonal planting. With a wide choice of plants there is almost no place where a container garden couldn’t be created, be it rooftops and atriums, patios or around a swimming pool.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Grass and No-Grass Lawns 

Grass & no-grass lawns

For many a lawn is the essence of a garden. Set up and maintained correctly and with constant love, it can be a nice, though high-maintenance, feature in a contemporary garden, in one of our “new ornamental” designs, or it may tie together different flower borders in a more traditional setting. While a classic lawn never is cheap or easy-care, there are good alternatives for the French Riviera, that create the same interest – while requiring much less unsustainable gardening.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Irrigation Systems 

Automatic irrigation systems

Never has responsible watering been more important than today. Water should never be the reason not to have a garden. Because with introducing the right irrigation system to a garden, every plant receives the right amount of water at the right time.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Soil Improvement, Drainage and Water Evacuation 

Soil improvement, drainage & water evacuation

Soil is the ground on which your plants will grow – or thrive. Where soils are poor, clayey, rocky, shallow, and slow draining and where they contain little to no organic matter and soil biota, plant life and its performance will be limited. It is possible to change that!
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Pests, Diseases & Plant Disorders 

Pests, diseases & plant disorders

The best garden maintenance cannot completely prevent plant problems or infections of plants every once in a while. But it’s good to see them coming, and it’s even better to have – where possible – ecologically responsible treatments at hand.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Tools and Work Areas, Composts 

Tools & work areas, compost areas

Gardening can be great fun and having a functional, well organized work area or professionally maintained tool shed, can even add an attractive feature to your garden. A compost area though, will serve as your source of a healthy, first quality soil, where happy plants will thrive. >> Read more

Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Frost and Wind Protection 

Frost & wind protection

Wind protection will be considered right from the start when we design a garden. But with already established gardens there sometimes still is the need for additional wind and frost protection.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Herb and Kitchen Gardens 

Herb & kitchen gardens

There are not many plants which can be enjoyed as much as herbs and vegetables from your own kitchen garden during the warm season. Not only deliver kitchen gardens, tasty, healthy and great food in a sustainable way, they also add special interest to your garden, an interest of the finest quality. They give children and guests an opportunity to learn and interact with plants and wildlife and they can be extraordinarily beautiful – formal or informal.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Water Gardens and Water Features 

Moving & standing water features & water gardens

Water features have been special attractions since there are gardens. It is moving water, a stream, a pond, a small fountain or a pool surrounded by lush exotic plantings, which adds the sound of the south and the sparkling of carefree and serene holidays.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Rock Gardens  

Rock gardens

A water wise garden doesn’t necessarily result in a dull and dry landscape. Especially when dealing with steep or terraced properties, rock gardens can establish a large piece of art, be it classic Mediterranean, more contemporary with scattered art and stunning light effects for the night, or even Asian with amazing specimen trees.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Cacti, Succulent and Desert Gardens 

Cacti, succulent, desert & xeriscape gardens

Cacti and other desert plants are so graphic they just seem to be made for minimal modern and contemporary garden designs. While cacti usually also require an amendment of the soil, they are probably the lowest maintenance choice for your garden. Together with elegant materials or bold rocks they make perfect xeriscape gardens.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Planting Annuals and Biannuals 

Annuals & biannuals

For smaller areas in the garden, special interest situations or temporary and showy effects, annuals are the right choice. No matter if you are celebrating a jubilee, a wedding or just need some ‘extra’ colour spot for the season, annual plantings can be used for many different design purposes, from traditional French border designs to cool and innovative ‘new ornamental’ parterres.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Bulbuous Plant Care

Bulbous plants

Whereas in northern locations bulbs can be a problem, as most of them need to be taken out for the winter and stored properly, in Mediterranean regions the only issue could be a not freely draining soil and water logged surroundings.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Propagation

Plant propagation

Why always buy plants, when there is time to wait? There is a time for every concept: sometimes you wish for a perfect solution right away. For other situations, propagating plants can be the perfect solution to slowly but steadily fill up beds in your garden with plants that are already there, especially during the winter time.
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Green Parrot Gardens | Garden Maintenance | Conservatories, Greenhouses and Indoor Gardens

Conservatories, greenhouses & interior gardens

While conservatories and greenhouses seem to be for plant specialists, they are becoming more and more popular. That’s not a mystery. Imagine you could have a true tropical paradise on the Mediterranean, with plants that don’t do +5 to 0 degrees Celsius. The solution is a greenhouse!
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