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One of the reasons often quoted for moving to France Profonde is 'for land' - our own garden to tend and the space to experiment with potagers and vegetables. We dream of sunny afternoons spent nurturing our crops and flowers before retiring to the terrace with a healthy glow for a well-earned apéro!

We all have shelves groaning under the weight of books advising us what to plant in shady place and how to lay out the perfect garden, but there's nothing better than a bit of local advice from people who have been here and done it. Trevor Bridge and his wife Jocelyn are just such a couple who, after running a busy landscape architect practice in the UK for 20 years, moved to an ancient fermette the region a few years ago. They regularly write for Living Magazine, sharing their advice and experience. Here we gather together a collection of their articles as well as some articles from other local gardeners....

Lasagne beds

Lasagne beds

Lasagne beds, despite their name, will not allow you to grow lasagne but they are a wonderful method of no-dig gardening as Trevor Bridge explains…

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Late summer colour in your French garden

Late summer colour in your French garden

Trevor Bridge shows us how to make the most of our gardens in summer by extending the season with herbaceous perennials

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Botanical names deciphered in France

Botanical names deciphered in France

Discussing plants in two languages can be a confusing affair. Trevor Bridge explains the meaning of botanical names, the one way to ensure we are all speaking the same language

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Garden Structures

Garden Structures

From pergolas to living arches, structures can add new dimensions and atmosphere to any garden when used as part of the overall design. Trevor Bridge investigates the variety available and advises how to use to best advantage...

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Le jardin paysan

Le jardin paysan

Trevor Bridge explores the romance of the French cottage garden and explains how to design and nurture your own oasis of tranquillity…

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Fabulous Ferns for France

Fabulous Ferns for France

Adding elegance and grace to any garden, the fern is once again gaining in popularity. Trevor Bridge explores the wide variety available and advises which ones will thrive in our region of France…

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Nuts galore - planting, harvesting and storing nuts

Nuts galore - planting, harvesting and storing nuts

With autumn well and truly upon us, Trevor Bridge discovers the joys of nut trees and their bounteous harvest…

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Useful plants & summer tips

Useful plants & summer tips

Join Trevor Bridge in his jardin potager as he enjoys his summer harvest and explores those plants which are both attractive and useful...

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Climbing High - our pick of climbing plants

Climbing High - our pick of climbing plants

After our wet and wild winter, it is a relief to see spring arriving. Trevor Bridge explains how to get our gardens back on track and shares his favourite climbing plants with us…

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Sea Views - plants for coastal gardens

Sea Views - plants for coastal gardens

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to get back into our gardens with Trevor Bridge. Many of Living’s readers tend gardens near the sea so, as well as our regular tips and advice, we asked Trevor to suggest some plants that love coastal conditions…

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