Lemon, cypress and olive trees instantly conjure the atmosphere of France. Planting around your patio or potting them on your balcony is a charming way to Frenchify your alfresco (and lemons to make your own limoncello!). Lavender is quintessentially French with its calming perfume, and it’s also easy to grow — even on a windowsill. Or get the provincial look without the fuss with faux plants.
Shaded garden nooks and tranquil terrace enclaves invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy a latte or sunset aperitif. The romantic scrolled ironwork of the Arles garden table set (pictured below) evokes the ambience of a Parisian courtyard and adds so much joie de vivre to open air-spaces. Comfortable outdoor seating such as the Kamani is particularly alluring beside your terracotta plant pots, citrus fruits and cascading greenery.
Glazed pottery and terracotta urns can add a French accent to your patio. They can also offer a beautiful focal point brimming with spring daffodils and peonies. Consider collecting aged-looking garden sculptures and trinkets from weekend markets, or get the look with some ornaments. Curate striking garden settings by clustering an assortment of pieces together to create a French courtyard garden look.
If you have the room, a big rustic table can really become the hero of your French courtyard garden. The Roman Stone table has the look of aged stone and provides the perfect place to enjoy big lunches with friends and family. But for smaller spaces, a balcony set or bistro set is ideal. From Sunday brunch to after-work drinks, a lovely alfresco set will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space and maximise your time in the open air.
Having fresh herbs and veggies in your garden is a treat for foodies and Francophiles alike and it’s very much a part of traditional French culture to give a fresh and flavourful boost to homecooked meals. However, growing your own organic goodies doesn’t have to be restricted by space. A vertical pallet garden is great for smaller courtyards and balconies and it’s easy to grow your own herbs with a few simple supplies.