Le Jardin a la Francaise, or The French Garden, is a style based on symmetry and the principle of imposing order over nature. It reached its peak in the 17th century with the creation of The Gardens of Versailles, designed for Louis XIV by the landscape architect Andre le Notre. Some of the classic elements of French garden design are also apparent in gardens in southern France, where Anduze pottery originated. See the article in Houzz, “Lay of the Landscape: French Style”, by Marianne Lipanovich in which she showcases the classic Provencale Anduze Vase in a classically designed garden.
Recently, many French garden enthusiasts have been collecting old French stone troughs, commonly used to water and feed livestock, and ancient stone fermentation containers used by the Romans to make wine, to be garden planters. The rustic nature and appearance of these old, hand-carved stones, make the most attractive planters, especially for a succulent planting.
In addition to the old French cavalry troughs, Eye of the Day has French manufactured products such as authentic Anduze pots, Versailles citrus planters, classic Biot oil jars, hand-carved French limestone fountains and site furniture. Imposing order over nature is undoubtedly a French approach to garden design, but after you have espaliered, pollarded, hedged and practiced your geometry in order to bring your vision to life, why not add the true site jewelry of authentic French garden products you will find at Eye of the Day.
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