Karolina Dzięgielewska, a garden designer from Poland, shares her thoughts with us behind the design concepts of the Provencal style.
"Beauty, simplicity, sophistication, sleek materials and a minimalist appreciation – these words describe the Provencal garden. Modern garden design can sometimes seem cold and uninviting. But, if you combine it with a free Provençal style, you will create a personalized and artful garden. The design of this garden was a beautiful challenge for us. I love the Provençal style, both in the interiors and in the gardens. Provence has it’s own obligatory features, so every detail plays a unique role. A focus on colors played a large part in this design. We used bright colors on pavements and paths, and delicate bright colors for flowers (mainly white and violet). Such combinations blend perfectly with green. We have chosen plants that will conjure up a magical atmosphere in the garden – such as boxwood balls, lavender, hydrangeas, hornbeam hedges, and columnar yews that refer to cypresses in Provence. The central point is the patio with its original spring, adorned with a sculpture of a lion in the form of a spout. On the patio, we also planted a large tree – multiple stems -Carpinus. This garden grew day by day. In one week we planted a 5-meter high pine and finished 1.5 meters of hedges. It was an amazing experience for us. The most important feature of the Provence style is the relaxed and cozy atmosphere of a country house. In this garden, you can sit comfortably in a wicker chair, take a cup of coffee, and just enjoy the moment! Cheers!"
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