Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

Breathtaking French inspired garden with pea gravel. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. Design by Pamela Pierce. #frenchcountry #garden #courtyard #romantic

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

 

Artist Katie Daisy with baby on back painting.Today, romantic French Country garden courtyard ideas seem to be whispering my name. Are they calling you too? Birds are chirping, it’s hushed enough to hear lovely thoughts bubbling up, and heaven is singing with nature. It’s blooming time all around, and the days stretch long and lazy.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas. If this day stirs up grief and feels less than lovely for you, please know I’m thinking of you as I post all these uplifting quotes which I hope will bring comfort.

(photo at top: Pamela Pierce)

We are inching closer to summer when it will be difficult for me to stay indoors unless there’s a thunderstorm. You’ll find me smelling the fragrant air, speedwalking through the neighborhood, or tidying up our little French inspired courtyard. It does not approach the magnificence of any of the inspirations below, yet its simplicity is just right for my simple taste. It’s the last image in the French Farmhouse and European Country Decor Inspiration lineup.

It’s a cloudy day here in our sleepy town in Northern Illinois where April showers have brought May allergy and barometric nuttyness headaches. Swings in temperature (40 degrees yesterday, but it’ll be tank top hot the day after tomorrow) strong winds, and tornado warnings keep us off kilter, and I have learned not to plant a thing before June. I am a novice kind of gardener with no idea of what I’m doing most of the time beyond DIY organic weed assassination. I extrude them from the earth one by one while in a meditative trance that brings me back to center and feels like home. This method used to disturb close friends who lived across the street in our prior home. They would visit me with bottles of water, always concerned for my hydration. They were probably wise to be concerned since I rarely feel thirsty and love to meditate! Anyway, I admire and salute ye who labor with your temperamental rose bushes and fancy beds of glory.

 Inspiring quote by Franz Kafka and art by Katie Daisy: ANYONE WHO KEEPS THE ABILITY TO SEE BEAUTY NEVER GROWS OLD. #inspiring #quote #kafka

“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old” KAFKA

Also inspiring us in today’s romantic French Country garden courtyard ideas is a collection of garden-related and peaceful quotes with art mostly from  Katie Daisy (above with baby on back!) Her lovely work ” strives to capture the magic and beauty of a life lived in harmony with nature. ” You do not have to be a master gardener, live in the Provence countryside, or even own a single patch of green to understand this longing to live in harmony with nature. Wherever we are planted, we can seek daily rhythms that nurture such harmony and help our hearts bloom. Are there rhythms you have built into your day for better blooming and more peaceful living?

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Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

Gorgeous French Country Provence style patio with chaise longues. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #frenchcountry #garden #courtyard #patio #Provence

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

Inspiring quote by Celia Thaxter and art work by Katie Daisy: THERE SHALL BE AN ETERNAL SUMMER IN THE GRATEFUL HEART. #quote #graditude #thaxter #katiedaisy

“There shall be an eternal summer in the grateful heart.” Celia Thaxter

French Farmhouse and European Country Decor Inspiration

Charming cottage courtyard with shutters and flagstone path. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #garden #european #frenchcountry #provence #rustic #courtyard

French Farmhouse and European Country Decor Inspiration

Pastels and climbing vines in this lovely European patio. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #frenchcountry #courtyard #garden #provence #romantic

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

.Quote by Helen Keller: What we have once enjoyed we can never lose...#quote #helenkeller

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” HELEN KELLER

Lovely dovecoat or pigionniere in the Dordogne Region. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #frenchcountry #provence #garden #dovecoat #pigeonniere #romantic #boxwood

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Outdoor dining table and rattan bistro chairs in the countryside..Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #frenchcountry #provence #outdoordining #garden #courtyard

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

Springlike art and quotes by Emerson and Tolkien. Be silly, be honest, be kind. #quote #emerson #floral

“Be silly, be honest, be kind.” Emerson/”Not all those who wander are lost.” Tolkien

French Farmhouse and European Country Decor Inspiration

L'Escale de Ciel, France outdoor dining. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #outdoordining #patio #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #courtyard #garden #provence

French Farmhouse and European Country Decor Inspiration

Ginny Magher's Provence garden with round table and iron chairs. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #provence #frenchcountry #patio #courtyard #dining

Ginny Magher’s Provence garden/European Country Gardens and Courtyards

The Earth Laughs in Flowers | Watercolor Quote | Emerson Quote | Floral Wall Art by Katie Daisy. #quote #emerson #flowers

“The earth laughs in flowers” Emerson

Pierre Berge - St Remy de Provence. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. Roses bloom on an arbor pathway. #frenchcountry #roses #garden

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

Quote and watercolor art by Katie Daisy. "Life is the Flower; Love is the Honey" Victor Hugo. #quote #watercolor #hugo #flowers

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” Victor Hugo

French Inspired Courtyard Ideas & Provence Inspiration

The wonderful gardens of Dominique Lafourcade in Provence. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #frenchcountry #courtyard #garden #dining #provence

French Farmhouse and European Country Decor Inspiration

 

A garden in Camargue by Jean-Loup Dirand. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #garden #french #vines #statue

Jean-Loup Dirand/European Country Gardens and Courtyards

 Quote by Thoreau and watercolor art by Katie Daisy. Always maintain a kind of summer...#quote #katiedaisy #thoreau #summer #flowers

“Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter.” Thoreau

A beautiful formal French courtyard with mature trees and manicured hedges. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #french #garden #courtyard #provence

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

Quote from Eden Phillpotts and watercolor art by Katie Daisy. The universe if full of magical things. #quote #universe #magic

“The universe is full of magical things. ” Eden Phillpotts

 A secret garden courtyard with walls of stone. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #frenchcountry #courtyard #dining #garden

French Farmhouse and European Country Decor Inspiration

Quote by Goethe. In all things, it is better to hope than to despair. #quote #hope #goethe

“In all things it is better to hope than to despair.” Goethe

French Inspired Courtyard Ideas & Provence Inspiration

European Country Gardens and Courtyards

Beautiful French Country outdoor dining with rustic table lined with votive candles and iron armchairs.Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #frenchcountry #provence #courtyard #dining #rustic

French Farmhouse and European Country Decor Inspiration

Quote by Mother Teresa: Do small things with great love. #quote #pink #motherteresa

“Do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

Romantic Garden Inspiration & Peaceful Quotes

Provence dining area in romantic courtyard. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #provence #garden #dining #courtyard #frenchfarmhouse #frenchcountry

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas & Provence Inspiration

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French farmhouse courtyard with chickens. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #frenchfarmhouse #courtyard #garden #chickens

French Farmhouse and European Country Decor Inspiration

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Romantic dining area with golden sunshine stucco walls in a courtyard. #provence #frenchcountry #dining #courtyard #garden #yellow

European Country Gardens and Courtyards & Provence Inspiration

Quote by Thoreau and watercolor art by Katie Daisy. All good things are wild and free. #quote #thoreau #freedom

“All good things are wild and free.” Thoreau

Arched pergola over stone farmhouse patio dining area. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #frenchcountry #courtyard #dining #vines

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

Romantic Garden Inspiration & Peaceful Quotes

Quote about kindness. Always be a little kinder than necessary. #quote #kindness

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.”

Romantic outdoor dining with French bistro chairs and table. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #frenchcountry #garden #courtyard #dining

European Country Gardens and Courtyards & Provence Inspiration

Spring Quote - my favorite weather is bird chirping weather. Watercolor art by Katie Daisy. #quote #spring #birds

“My favorite weather is bird chirping weather.” Terri Guillemets

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas: a sweet bistro dining area. #provence #frenchcountry #courtyard #garden #dining

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

Katie Daisy watercolor art and Lord Byron quote. There is pleasure in the pathless woods. #quote #lordbyron

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore…” Byron

Crushed granite patio with pergola. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #frenchcountry #dining #courtyard #provence

French Inspired Courtyard Ideas & Provence Inspiration

Backyard in sardegna. Romantic European Country Garden Courtyard Ideas. #europeancountry #garden #courtyard #frenchcountry

French Inspired Courtyard Ideas

 Emerson quote: Adopt the pace of nature. #quote #emerson #katiedaisy

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.” Emerson

The Rou Estate, Corfu, Clive Nichols photo. Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas #frenchcourtyard #provence

French Inspired Courtyard Ideas & Provence Inspiration

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 Hafez quote: Run my dear...#quote #hafez #katiedaisy

“Run my dear, from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings.” Hafez

Outdoor Dining Villa Kalos Ithica Greece | Robbert Koene | Est Magazine. #courtyard #Greece #frenchcountry

French Inspired Courtyard Ideas

Be still and know that I am with you. - Psalm 46:10 #scripture #quote #psalm #bestill

“Be still and know that I’m with you. ” Psalm 46:10

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas #frenchcountry #courtyard #garden

French Inspired Courtyard Ideas & Provence Inspiration

Dalai Lama quote: Be kind whenver possible. #kindness #quote #dalailama

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” the Dalai Lama

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas #frenchcountry #garden #courtyard #dining

French Inspired Courtyard Ideas

For I know the plans I have for you..... Jeremiah 29:11 #scripture #faith #plans #jeremiah #hope

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord…” Jeremiah 29:11

Romantic French Country Garden Courtyard Ideas #provence #frenchcountry #garden #courtyard

French Inspired Courtyard Ideas & Provence Inspiration

French inspired gravel courtyard with lavender, bench, and stone wall by Hello Lovely Studio. #frenchcountry #courtyard #hellolovelystudio

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6 Comments

  1. May 13, 2018 / 7:27 am

    If there’s one word that I associate with French gardens, it’s climbing. Ivy, roses, wisteria, clematis….always something climbing up a wall or trellis.

    • michele
      Author
      May 13, 2018 / 9:03 am

      I love that look! We nearly bought a 1930’s home a few years back, and the climbing vines were the part of the curb appeal that charmed us most! 🙂

  2. May 13, 2018 / 9:47 am

    Loved this post for the outdoor living ideas. I am saving several of the photos for my next new house. I plan to have high stone walls for courtyard gardens with the iron structure shown on pillars in your first photo. I think the iron will keep hawks from landing or swooping down and picking up beloved pets. Also be fun with some string lights.

    • michele
      Author
      May 13, 2018 / 10:46 am

      I would never have thought of the iron having a built-in protective feature, and I applaud you for your careful consideration of details! We were always worried about little Bella with the hawks and at our other property, the coyotes. Fairy lights just add so much romance, and if only I could get away with it without looking like a nut, I would string more of them. Can’t wait to hear more about the next house, friend. 🙂

  3. May 13, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    Thanks for this lovely Mother’s Day gift Michele. The thing I love about these courtyards is they’re gentle, not too structured, using gravel as the main surface. And all of them have a simple dining table set up. I love dining outside in the springtime! Happy Mother’s Day my friend!

    • michele
      Author
      May 13, 2018 / 10:19 pm

      Love that description, Holly — it’s the simplicity that charms me. Thanks so much for reading. xox

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