Many types of textural planting make beautiful planting design in a Parisian garden

July 4, 2022

Muhlenbeckia, boxwood, grass and allium plant texture by jardinsurlasiene garden inspiration

There’s that moment with a picture on instagram, where you must find the whole account of the person who posted.  As it loads, you hope that every other picture is as good as that first one that caught your eye.  And the joy, when you’ve stumbled on a real treasure. I was drawn to the beautiful texture in this landscape design and hoped the rest of the garden would be just as interesting.

The boxwood and the muhlenbeckia (two of of my favorites) were dancing with he wispy grass (not sure the variety) and the purple drumsticks (again, I’d love to know the actual plant name). The many types of plant texture was giving everything I needed to stop scrolling and and with fingers crossed, I hoped to click on the profile and find more.

Jardin Sur La Seine’s instagram is an homage to contemporary garden design and specifically one inspiring urban garden in Paris. Follow it to enjoy a chic garden of grasses, floppy white hydrangeas, layers of green, sleek decking, and gravel paths that melt into soft but clean and contemporary planting with lots of texture.

I can’t help but marvel at the discipline it takes to maintain an almost all white garden. The restraint required feels akin to walking down the Rue du Bac, and going home with only a simple croissant (but the best croissant you’ve ever laid lips on).  The French are just so good at that type thing!

One to Follow : @jardinsurlaseine

White hydrangeas and grass by jardinsurlasiene garden inspiration

Floppy and heavy hydrangea flowers (probably hydrangea ‘Annabelle’) are in complete textural contrast to the upright and strictly straight Miscanthus ‘Karl Forester’.

 boxwood and grass by jardinsurlasiene garden inspiration
Hydrangea and grass in modern Paris garden by jardinsurlasiene garden inspiration

Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella or Stipa tenuissima) has a soft flowing plant texture. You can see it in the pots in this image. It can provide great contrast to lots of other plants. You should be careful to check its behavior where you live, it can be invasive in some ecosystems.

White flowers and red garden chairs in Paris jardin by jardinsurlasiene garden inspiration

I am not sure what the while flowers are in this image (maybe a variety of Queen annes lace?). The frothy plant texture is a perfect contrast to the deck and sharp lines of the red deck chairs.

Muhlenbeckia and boxwood and grass by jardinsurlasiene garden inspiration
Muhlenbeckia and boxwood and grass in a textrural planting by jardinsurlasiene garden inspiration

All images by @jardinsulaseine.

p.s. I think the purple alliums might be Allium Sphaerocephalon. I am still not also not sure of the queen annes lace-like white flowers. They are the ones that are trailing down the left side of the image with the red chairs.  If you know what they are I’d love to hear your ideas.

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  1. Rob Thuener says:

    Beautiful post! The drumsticks are Allium sphaerocephalon. I believe the lacy flowers are Myrrhis odorata (sweet cicely) – the leaves and stems look correct, although having it fill in on a hillside is different – and “Oh! How I wish I would have thought of that!”

  2. Julie Rubaud says:

    The white flower looks like chervil to me.

  3. Maria Dones says:

    The pictures were stunning. Couldn’t have been much better written. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Johnny Pole says:

    The designs are exceptional and so pretty ! this is some inspiration and i really appreciate for sharing this out !

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