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A Contemporary Provencal Courtyard

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Two thumbs up for this extremely appealing courtyard where the clean and geometric lines of the lavender beds are softly echoed by the silver-gray stone path. Combined with the cool purple colors of the plantings, which are softly warmed up by the reddish-brown tones of the terracota containers, gravel and wall, they create a very elegant, airy and casual scenery with a touch of formality. This fascinating, low maintenance and water wise courtyard has been designed by Zeterre Landscape Architecture.

The main ingredients here: English Lavender 'Thumbelina Leigh' (Lavandula angustifolia) and Maiden Grass 'Gracillimus (Miscanthus sinensis). If you have trouble finding 'Thumbelina Leigh', a good alternative to this very compact lavender would be Munstead' or 'Lavenite Petite', other superb members of the English lavenders.

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Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Landscaping Ideas Garden Decorations , Pathways , Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Formal Garden , Mediterranean Garden , Modern Garden , Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Landscaping Ideas Garden Decorations , Pathways , Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Formal Garden , Mediterranean Garden , Modern Garden , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lavandula - Lavenders Great Plant Combination Ideas with Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses


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