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A Romantic Landscape by the French Coast

A Romantic Landscape by the French Coast

In a small town in Brittany, on the northern coast of France about a five-hour drive from Paris, the landscape design firm Cao-Perrot Studio designed a 4,500-square-foot garden of undulating perennial grasses and flowers whose waves are a constant reminder of the nearby sea.

Cao-Perrot designers Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot are known for creating dreamy, romantic landscapes that elicit an emotional response. They won the Grand Prize in 2009 at the  annual Jardins, Jardin garden show in Paris, for an installation that featured a metal tree on which “grew” 20,000 mother-of-pearl leaves.

See the idyllic garden here; photographs via Cao Perrot Studio.

Above: “This garden was inspired by its ever-changing surrounding landscapes and seascapes in Brittany,” the designers say. Using a restrained palette, the designers relied on perennial grasses, lavender, and a few old-fashioned kinds of flowers to create a soft, blurred effect. No matter how close you are standing, the horizon feels distant.

Above: Lavender and grasses edge the front walk. See more hardy grasses here.

Above: Perennial grasses create a frothy effect that other plants can’t replicate.

Above: With the aid of a bulldozer, Cao-Perrot created “sculpted landforms” to catch the light at different times of day.

Above: Pink poppies look completely at home in the grasses.

Above: Rows of lavender, grasses, hedge and in back—those hollyhocks.

For another romantic French garden, see A Restored Medieval Garden



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12:27AM PDT on Aug 28, 2015

You have really selected the suitable topic; this is one of my favorite blogs.Caliber West Renovations

3:47AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Beautiful..Thank you.

10:27AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Amazing garden I love it.Thanks for sharing

6:45PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

sweet I want a bigger yard. However I have a very nice garden so I should not complain. blue birds making their second nesting.

10:17PM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

Marvelous. the design makes for such a wonderfully serene view.

6:33PM PDT on Jun 13, 2013


I WANNA GO ! ! !

1:11AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013


12:16PM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

Beautiful...wish I could go there!

8:33AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

Relaxing scenes. Thanks for sharing.

6:54AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013


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