FRENCH COURTYARD GARDENS

Katy, Texas

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This contemporary landscape embodies french design with its striaght-lined geometric shapes, neatly trimmed hedges and shrubs, gravel for paving and a monochromatic color scheme. The backyard is centered around a wicker seating area in line with an outdoor fireplace and anchored on either side with identical fountains. Framed with Japanese Yews, trimmed boxwood hedges and Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy, this space is an oasis of greenery and tranquility.

Services

FULL MASTER PLAN OUTDOOR DINING FIREPLACE FOUNTAINS
MASONRY DRIVEWAY + WALKWAYS LAWNS PERGOLA
CUSTOM BENCHES SEASONAL COLOR MAINTENANCE


 
View from the side yard entering the courtyard. Japanese Yews and Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy separate the two spaces.

View from the side yard entering the courtyard. Japanese Yews and Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy separate the two spaces.

Left:  Formal outdoor courtyard seating.

Left: Formal outdoor courtyard seating.

Right:  Close up of finial fountain. Shows mexican beach pebbles and ornamental stone seal.

Right: Close up of finial fountain. Shows mexican beach pebbles and ornamental stone seal.

View of finial fountain to show exact lines with pedestal planter of seasonal color. Blackstar gravel and and Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy frame the space.

View of finial fountain to show exact lines with pedestal planter of seasonal color. Blackstar gravel and and Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy frame the space.

Left:  Season color in a concrete planter rests atop pedestals on either side of the outdoor fireplace.

Left: Season color in a concrete planter rests atop pedestals on either side of the outdoor fireplace.

Right:  Close up of lion statuary.

Right: Close up of lion statuary.

Stepping pads and gravel paths lead to the back side yard. Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy serves as ground cover throughout.

Stepping pads and gravel paths lead to the back side yard. Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy serves as ground cover throughout.

Fig ivy grows up a concrete wall, serving as an element of visual interest from the view of one home window.

Fig ivy grows up a concrete wall, serving as an element of visual interest from the view of one home window.

Close up of fig ivy.

Close up of fig ivy.

View of formal outdoor seating area near outdoor fireplace.

View of formal outdoor seating area near outdoor fireplace.

Left:  Side view of outdoor fireplace. Lion statuary and lanterns add to the symmetrical impact of this french-inspired courtyard.

Left: Side view of outdoor fireplace. Lion statuary and lanterns add to the symmetrical impact of this french-inspired courtyard.

Right:  Close up of finial fountain.

Right: Close up of finial fountain.

Dusty Miller with an array of seasonal color adds visual interest to this otherwise monochromatic courtyard.

Dusty Miller with an array of seasonal color adds visual interest to this otherwise monochromatic courtyard.

Succulents in a linear terra cotta planter rest atop the outdoor dining table near the courtyard.

Succulents in a linear terra cotta planter rest atop the outdoor dining table near the courtyard.

View of the courtyard with respect the symmetrical design. Blackstar gravel throughout.

View of the courtyard with respect the symmetrical design. Blackstar gravel throughout.

White snapdragons in full bloom.

White snapdragons in full bloom.

View of sideyard from courtyard.

View of sideyard from courtyard.

View of garage door. Stone stepping pads lead to gate and driveway was completed with a rock salt finish to add visual interest.

View of garage door. Stone stepping pads lead to gate and driveway was completed with a rock salt finish to add visual interest.

Left:  Wisteria climbs a side yard pergola.

Left: Wisteria climbs a side yard pergola.

Right:  Cyclamen in a centered planter atop a stone pedestal. Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy line the stone patio.

Right: Cyclamen in a centered planter atop a stone pedestal. Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy line the stone patio.

View of home from street corner. Trimmed hedges and Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy, line the wall while boxwoods and seasonal color anchor the corner.

View of home from street corner. Trimmed hedges and Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy, line the wall while boxwoods and seasonal color anchor the corner.

Symmetry and order are the heart of French landscape design.

Symmetry and order are the heart of French landscape design.

Custom stone bench mirrors another identical one in this french entryway.

Custom stone bench mirrors another identical one in this french entryway.

Custom stone bench sits on a concrete frame with a rock salt finish.

Custom stone bench sits on a concrete frame with a rock salt finish.

Left:  Japanese Yew and Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy green up the corner of this courtyard entryway. A concrete stepping pad with a rock salt finish gives access to outdoor lanterns.

Left: Japanese Yew and Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy green up the corner of this courtyard entryway. A concrete stepping pad with a rock salt finish gives access to outdoor lanterns.

Right:  Well appointed side yard with Blackstar gravel path and framed with Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy. Seasonal color adds a visual pop in both terra cotta pots as well as wall-mounted planters.

Right: Well appointed side yard with Blackstar gravel path and framed with Sandy Leaf Fig Ivy. Seasonal color adds a visual pop in both terra cotta pots as well as wall-mounted planters.

Wood stained pergola offers shade to well appointed outdoor seating area. White azaleas and container planted seasonal color give this secret garden a playful appeal.

Wood stained pergola offers shade to well appointed outdoor seating area. White azaleas and container planted seasonal color give this secret garden a playful appeal.

View of the secret side yard from under the pergola. Blooming white azaleas add in informal element to this otherwise formal French garden.

View of the secret side yard from under the pergola. Blooming white azaleas add in informal element to this otherwise formal French garden.