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 …
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.
Things to consider about trees and palm trees:
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.
Things to consider about shrubs and hedges:
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.
Things to consider about topiary and garden bonsais (see trees & shrubs):
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.
Things to consider about fruit trees, shrubs, citrus trees and grapes:
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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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.
Things to consider about perennials:
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.
Things to consider about climbers:
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.
Things to consider about containers, pots and basins:
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.
Things to consider about lawns:
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.
Things to consider about automatic irrigation systems:
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!
Things to consider about soils, drainage and water evacuation:
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.
Things to consider about plant pests, diseases and plant disorders:
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=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
Things to consider about garden work areas and composts:
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.
Things to consider about wind and frost protection:
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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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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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.
Things to consider about rock 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.
Things to know about cacti, succulent, desert & xeriscape gardens:
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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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.
Things to consider about bulbs:
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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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!
Things to consider about greenhouses: