Design Tips For The Ultimate French Garden in Kansas City

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    Do you appreciate the structured elegance of Versailles, the most well-known French garden? The fact is, this garden has a distinct look and ambiance that helps to set it apart from its nearby Italian neighbors in the south, and the British neighbors in the north. While this is true, French gardens still embrace some elements from both of the aforementioned garden styles.

    If you want to implement a formal, French garden into your Kansas City property, you need to plan carefully. You can also use the tips here to help you get the look and feel, just right.

    Create Division

    One of the most noticeable elements of any French garden is the clearly divided spaces present. You can use geometry to divide up your outdoor space into clear, useful areas. All French style gardens are going to clearly define what happens, where. It also provides interesting and graceful transitions from one area to the next.

    Embrace Stone

    Using stone terraces and gravel paths are hallmarks of any French garden design. Gravel paths represent one of the easiest ways for you to begin your French-inspired landscape. The gravel will define the path location. Use stepping stones within the gravel provides a much more stable and aesthetically appealing walking area. The audible “crunch” of walking on a gravel path is part of the appeal and charm of this type of garden.

    Keep in mind, any time you are using loose stone, you will have to be ready to provide maintenance, as needed. While weed-barrier cloths can help to minimize weed growth, nothing is completely foolproof. From time to time you will need to remove unwanted plant material that is present. The key is to do this before things get too out of control.

    Implement Climbing Plants

    You can use climbing plants on your home, a wall, trellis, or shed to help create a romantic look. Some climbing plants to consider are honeysuckle, climbing roses, Boston ivy, and clematis. Keep in mind, if you really want that formal look, then this may be an element you want to leave out, as the plants can make your formal garden a bit more informal.

    Embrace Symmetry

    What you may not realize is that balance can be soothing. This is why you find an allee of trees that line the path to a building visually pleasing, instead of intimidating. As you work out a plan for your garden, keep symmetry top-of-mind. Repeat your shrubs and your planting schemes on opposite sides to ensure your outdoor space feels both restful and deliberate.

    Use Decorative Elements

    Water features, planters, urns and statues are all elements that embody the French garden design style. The key with these elements is to show restraint. Having a simple fixture at the end of your gravel path is all you really need to serve as a focal point for the space.

    If you need help creating your French garden, be sure to keep these tips in mind. You can also reach out to the professionals who can help you create the French inspired garden you have always wanted.

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    About The Author

    Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have a daughter Ellie, born in 2021. Their family is completed by three adopted dogs.

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