Listed as one of France’s most remarkable gardens, La Louve (She-Wolf) is a private garden in the Luberon area of Provence created by well-known textile designer for House of Hèrmes, Nicole Vésian.
Started in 1986, the garden is Mediterranean in its planting – with lots of junipers, lavender, rosemary, cypresses and citrus box, but has the sensibilities of a Japanese garden, designed in complete harmony with its surroundings.
A small tapestry of grays and greens, La Louve invites you to admire the beauty of the land. Stone benches surround the garden and offer charming spots to sit and take in the views. Pebbles, stones and rock stacks blend harmoniously with flat topped cypresses (a hallmark of Vésian’s garden style). White magnolias and purple lavender complement the greens and grays of the landscape.
Although still privately owned, the garden is open to the public on select dates for small groups. So if you’re ever in the South of France and haven’t seen La Louve yet, try and make sure you do!
If you’d like to recreate a similar look, here are a few elements that can add French flair to your gardens.
- Massive terracotta pot vessel . I fell in love with this one but there are some more affordable versions available here, here and here.
- Potted boxwood, any nursery near you has them
- Stone benches for a rustic, minimal look
- Cypresses for a feel of the Mediterranean … lots and lots of them.
- French garden furniture (this one is pretty standard, a few years ago Ikea had them) but I found lovely ones on Chairish and Amazon!
- Terracota pots, easiest to find.
- Stone balls, mix in multiple sizes
- Stone stacks, easiest way to create interest working with what your garden already has. Très chic!
- And a skilled gardener! 🙂