The most beautiful French gardens - Dominique Lafourcade

French farmhouse landscape garden Dominique Lafourcade

The most legendary French landscape designer has to be Dominique Lafourcade. If you don't know her work you are in for a treat. She creates sublime gardens that are chic and welcoming all at once, manicured and formal at times, but natural and quintessentially French through and through. 

Susannah & Hugh Cameron (Chez Pluie Founders) with Dominique Lafourcade

Anduze urn vase planter in French modern farm garden Dominique Lafourcade

Her ability to create destinations in gardens of all sizes is exceptional. She uses antique planters, fountains and sculpture, (and even a tree house) to entice you to explore all parts of the garden. We have been fortunate enough to meet Dominique and discuss her design philosophy. There are several key things that she is sure to respect when designing a garden. For her, a garden is to be used in the same way as the interiors of a home. She includes several spots for sitting, reading, eating, relaxing, enjoying a view, or the sunset need to be thought of and furnished so that they are used. She always includes a spot for children - you will notice tree houses, dry gardens and even Japanese tea houses in her gardens that are perfect for children (and grown-ups) to explore and play. She also integrates the elements that are often included in a property - from established trees, to found rocks and natural water springs. She chooses plants with such extraordinary expertise and care - considering the sculptural qualities, the changing foliage throughout the seasons, the contribution that blooms will have and how they relate to other species. She is also very passionate about bulbs - she explained to us that they are really buried treasure that will take you by surprise every spring and autumn when they put on their annual show. 

Symmetrical Anduze planters french pottery farmhouse entry

Tree house french farm garden plane tree Lafourcade

Rose arbor symmetrical green planting french landscape farm modern Lafourcade

Anduze urns pottery planter under shade of wisteria vine french modern farmhouse landscape

Anduze urns appear frequently in her work. Their iconic form is evocative of the gardens of the South of France. They are traditionally glazed with green, brown and golden yellows and when they are weathered they are gorgeous. They complement the architectural features of a building when strategically placed between windows, flanking a doorway or gate.

Anduze urns in Saint Remy french garden gateway entry

Avenue row of plane trees hardscaping french farm gardens Lafourcade

Views are framed with enormous plane trees, avenues and symmetry draws the eye to the surrounding natural beauty. 

French farmhouse garden wisteria plane trees water feature Lafourcade

Homes sit beautifully and comfortably in their gardens, softened with planters, climbing wisteria, and their facades dance with dappled shadows of the trees from the renowned soft light of Provence that has long inspired artists. 

French farm home anduze symmetry shutters plane trees buxus Lafourcade

For more inspiration discover our superb collection of bespoke French pottery and décor in our French Garden range. 

Image credit: Dominique Lafourcade 


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Love your ideas:)! Looking for landscapes ideas for a smaller house with existing French exterior architecture !
The plan is for a one floor home that is charming and petite maison!
Love French style so much that I love m learning French:)
Many thanks!

Katherine Therese Borovic June 05, 2023

C est vraiment magnifique

Marie-Christine Pass September 24, 2020
C’ est vraiment magnifique !!!!
Marie-Christine Pass September 24, 2020

I am breathless looking at the splendid gardens, properties and accoutrement!

Robin Blocker September 24, 2020


Melanie Michele August 01, 2020

Beautiful photos ♥️

Anita Palmqvist July 09, 2020

FABULOUS! How I wish!!!

Pauline July 28, 2019

This is so beautiful! Is it a public location? I am currently looking for venues for a wedding inspiration shoot in Southern France. It would be wonderful if you could let me know, where it is. Merci!

Irka Fürle November 11, 2017

Wow Chez Pluie! I love this garden designer x

Cameron November 04, 2016

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