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LEGGETT IMMOBILIER - LOCAL KNOWLEDGE YOU CAN TRUST

choosing garden plants. Who

can forget serried ranks of lavender grown

in Provence - a

must for any French garden!

Jacquie's advice about what

to plant is practical. "Start by

looking at local hedgerows, see

what grows well in neighbours'

gardens and seek advice. Best

of all visit gardens on the Open

Gardens/Jardins Ouverts calendar.

They have many open to

the public throughout much of

France, and it's a fabulous way

to learn more about what grows

well where!"

Borders are challenging. "I

intersperse herbaceous plants

with others - soil here is so fast

draining I use more drought tolerant,

silver-leaved plants and

more form - euphorbias provide great

structure for instance.

Azaleas and camellias don't like

limestone, however sometimes

it's possible to find pockets of

acid soil, otherwise put them in

pots and use rain water."

Another thing to take into

account are seasons - spring

starts early in France, roses will

be in bloom in May rather than

June/July, and if you want to

keep your garden flowering

you will need to consider other

plants for continuing interest

over late summer and autumn

such as dahlias, nerines, rudbeckia, echinacea,

and perhaps

hibiscus.

When it comes to light

there's far less air pollution here

and so it's much brighter - so

colourways which looked good

in an English garden may not

work here.

Old fashioned roses are

wonderful - Jacquie chooses

thornless varieties wherever possible

- her favourites

Zépherine Drouhin and Mme

Alfred Carrière which even

blooms on a north facing wall -

both repeat flower for months!

Some other plants she suggests

are choysia for form, rosemary

and her beloved hellebores.

Her garden also has a wonderful Judas

tree - a mass of pink

flowers in spring. If you want a

similar effect in autumn months,

then consider lilas-des-indes -

the crepe myrtle.

Lastly, see what is on sale

at your local garden centre or

supermarket - but don't get carried away

thinking you can grow

mimosa outside without careful

consideration - late frosts can

sometimes be hard over much

of France!

Leggett is proud to be the main

sponsor of Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts.

Visit their website

ww.opengardens.eu for details

of participating gardens.

Jardinage et Esprit de Générosité

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