I’ve just returned from a much needed holiday with Adam in the beautiful Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in France. As well as enjoying typical Provencal 3 hour lunches I’ve also been admiring a multitude of gardens.
When garden writer Louisa Jones first moved to Provence she was told there were ‘no gardens’ apart from certain famous historic properties but for her first book she visited around 300 gardens and has since written many more books about the beauty of Mediterranean gardening.
A while back I wrote about my container garden at the front of my house. I felt that some people in my neighbourhood must think they have ‘no garden’ as they choose to do nothing with their space, whereas some people plant theirs up with lovely displays.
I spotted the same thing in France and I found the most inspiring gardens in the most unassuming places. My favourite being the pavement gardens – or the ‘no gardens’, as I now like to call them.
I think the water bottles are used to deter cats. Also handy to give the plants a quick watering.
All the photos in this post are taken in the little village of Mouans-Sartoux. From the main road you would not know that in the heart of the village lies these colourful narrow pedestrian streets where the doorsteps, windowsills, walls and pavements are planted with stunning visual effect.
I loved walking through the streets getting ideas for my own garden.
Arranging pots on a table provides height and shade.
The wonderfully trained foliage above provides the perfect place for a sit down in the shade.
For the colour co-ordinated gardeners out there the purple theme above was less than twee.
Even a green foliage garden has huge ‘no-garden’ appeal.
I never imagined that plants I perceived to be large garden plants would work so well on the kerbside. Large pots of oleander provide a stunningly colourful display.
Even the simpler options had an appeal that I found most chic.
I love the little bamboo trellis in the pot below.
All the no-gardens I saw, from the crammed full to the elegantly simple had a style and beauty that I just want to recreate back home.
Have you been to Provence? What do you think of these ‘no-gardens’?