The garden is a place surrounded by nature. The German word garten which it derives from gart , which meant “fence” in old frankish. Since the Middle Ages, the gardens, the squares of the monasteries, conceived on the model of the Eden of the bible, were surrounded by high walls for reasons both symbolic and agronomic, for the stone concentrates the heat rays of the sun still low in the spring, a pledge of crops early. Not to mention the protection against the intruders to four (or two) legs…

The fact to surround her garden walls, fences or hedges, therefore fits in a long european tradition, which contrasts with the open gardens, which predominates in the countries of anglo-saxon culture, especially in North America.

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to Preserve his privacy from outside scrutiny, but also reduce the noise when you live close to a road, shelter from the wind and salt spray by the sea, to hide the ugliness of adjacent buildings, define its property: the motivations are multiple and perfectly legitimate. Including, and even especially, in the “transparent society” that is ours.

A screen of vegetation, composed of plants carefully selected according to the objectives that we give ourselves, allows joining the useful to the pleasant, at a time when the desire to “green”, natural, has never been so strong, and not only in the city. Coupled to a metal fence or a wooden or masonry structure sometimes awkward (hide these horrible concrete blocks that I could not see!), the plants have the advantage of giving the perspective to the garden giving the illusion of pushing their limits. Additional detail which has its importance, a hedge plant provides a refuge for birds, inseparable companions of the gardener, but also to hedgehogs or shrews.


The season being still propitious to the plantations, due to the delay of vegetation that can be observed almost everywhere in France as a result of the winter of late that we are coming out with great difficulty, it is important to be well informed before choosing the species of your future hedge: deciduous or evergreen, shrubs or climbing plants, the species grows fast or slow, deep-rooted or superficial, with or without spines (those of the hawthorn or pyracantha are particularly dissuasive), etc.

Larousse Editions

In his book 50 plants anti vis-à-vis , recently published by Larousse (143 p. 9,95 €), Caroline Géneau book some lines of thinking as for a garden for a balcony it is possible to protect and embellish with simple pots.

The first rule is to choose plants that are attractive, certainly, but especially adapted to the environment of his garden (nature of the soil, exposure, climate, etc.), may suffer cruel disillusionment. Attention also to the species “time-consuming” that need to be regularly pruned (boxwood, hornbeam, cherry laurel etc.): a serious constraint when there is a lack of time or skills, to do it properly.

flowering Hedge or fruit

If you opt for a flowering hedge, select species, the blooms are staggered in relation to each other in order to spread out the show for as long as possible from spring until fall. Think also of bark: that of the dogwoods blood, for example, brings a touch of color welcome winter.

Finally, if you are greedy, add a few strawberry trees (in mild weather only), sea buckthorn (in sandy soil and the sea), or hazels, where you can enjoy the fruit on the tree, in preserves or dried. Of apple and pear ducts in the wall bars, will protect you from the eyes when they are in leaf, that is to say, to the period where one spends the most time in the garden, while you are rewarding, when the time came, generous baskets.

events “garden” not to be missed

• on April 14 and 15: Spring musical and narrated tour of the park and the nursery, Bellevue Gardens, Beaumont-le-Herring (Seine-Maritime).

• 20, 21 and 22 April: 4th days of the plants of the château de Tauzia, Gradignan (Gironde).

• 21 and 22 April: “The garden art in Flanders”, the first days of the plants held in the Castle of Esquelbecq (North).

• 21 and 22 April: feast of the gardens at the castle of Pommorio, Tréveneuc (Cotes d’armor).

• From 24 April to 4 November: 27th international festival of gardens, on the theme “Gardens of the mind”, the domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire (Loir-et-Cher).

Domaine de Chantilly

• Until 29 April: “Monstera Dubia”, a monumental installation made by the designer plant Alexis Tricoire and dedicated to the primary forest of Amazonia, Centre Beaugrenelle, Paris 15e.

• Until may 5: “The song of Flora”, an exhibition of paintings by Anna Maria Tsakali, Galerie Minsky, Paris 7e.

• may 5 and 6: “Plants Delights Passions,” 25th feast of plants and the art of living at château de La Roche-Guyon (Val-d’oise).

• on 5 and 6 may: 9th festival of roses & plants, the Villa and gardens Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (Alpes-Maritimes).

• on 5 and 6 may: 15th “fête des plantes and the massive” to the abbey of Fontfroide, Narbonne (Aude).

• may 5 and 6: Living-plant “Valves side garden”, Garden of ramparts, Vannes (Morbihan).

• Until may 15: exhibition “inner Gardens”, a unique collection of wallpapers of artists signed Rafael Gray, Rachel Levy, Ulrika Liljedahl, and Étienne Yver, Bookstore-Gallery Gardens

art, Paris 6th.

• 18, 19 and 20 may: days of the plants of Chantilly, on the theme “The favorite”, the domain of Chantilly (Oise).

• 26 and 27 may: 31st festival of the plants of the Citadel of Doullens (Somme) dedicated to the “ Florula obsidionalis , the plant in time of war”.

• may 26 and 27: Tregor in flowers, open doors in seven nurseries located in the triangle, Morlaix, Lannion, Guingamp in Brittany.

• 26 and 27 may: 32nd festival of plants at the garden of the château du Pin, Champtocé-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire).


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