Flowers In French Garden
A French garden is a very specific style of formal garden. There several flowering plants that are best for French garden. Annual flowers are used in French gardens to provide color and texture to the ornamental flower beds. The beds, called, “parterres,” are divided by pathways and involve intricate designs. The pathways sometimes lead to a focal point such as a statue, water fountain or bench. The flowers the Tuileries Gardens use include cosmos, impatiens, marigolds and begonias to entertain the eye and to add definition to the design. The flowers are placed in ways that demonstrate a respect for order, clarity, simplicity and symmetry. The annuals are planted in May and maintained throughout the growing season. Hollyhocks, bell flowers and pansies are biennials that are used for texture, form and color in a French garden. A biennial lives its life in the space of two seasons, but some, like hollyhocks, reseed themselves so that a stand comes up and blooms every year. Foxgloves bloom in purple, pink and white. Sweet William, a flower cultivated from antiquity, has dainty pink blossoms that last all summer. Plants provided to the Tuileries are between 70 cm and 1.2 m, or approximately 27 to 47 inches tall.
Hardy perennials endure dry, shady conditions, which makes them ideal for underplanting trees or large shrubs. Euphorbia and rudbeckia are worthy plants that liven up a French garden, and they draw beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies. Tiarella, an evergreen plant that has creamy, white early summer blossoms benefits gardens by discouraging weed growth.