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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Wild Honeysuckle Vine Topiary

Monday, July 11, 2016

French design and inspiration pops up in the most unusual spots. Driving along the country road to my brother's house in farmland Alabama, I spotted a wild honeysuckle vine topiary trained around a fence post. 

A rusty barbed wire fence strung between simple metal posts encloses a pasture. The owner must be a true gardner with a love for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. 

A wild native honeysuckle vine has been trained to grow around the fence post. 

Not every fence post has a topiary which suggests that the owner uses wild honeysuckle vines wherever they grow near a fence post instead of planting honeysuckle vines for the express purpose of creating topiaries. 

No supplemental watering or fertilizing needed, just periodic pruning, to enjoy the beauty of the trained vine. Honeysuckles smell divine, and their fragrance is strong enough to scent the air from afar. 

I wonder how often the vine must be pruned to maintain the topiary shape. 

Along the same fence line is another wild vine topiary fashioned from a trumpet vine. 

Wild honeysuckle grows in a couple of places in the two acres surrounding my house in Texas, and I am always looking for ways to incorporate more French design into my landscape.  The fence post topiaries have inspired me to install a wooden post midst the honeysuckle vines to create a wild topiary. Perhaps I will install more than one post to create a series of honeysuckle topiaries. 

Fence post topiaries illustrate French Country joie de vivre... 

... enjoying life by using 
everyday things in elegant ways ... 

Training wild honeysuckle vines as topiaries on fence posts is now on my ever-growing to-do gardening list.


  1. Set up sprinklers/hoses in backyard 
  2. Add a white limestone wall on the hillside to create a level flower bed under the bird bath
  3. Add composted-leaf soil to the new flower area under the bird bath
  4. Mix gardening soil from home improvement store in with the composted-leaf soil
  5. Plant white coneflowers and white false dragonhead flowers in new flower bed
  7. ........

Remember to PIN to your French garden inspiration board for reference.  

Check out my Pinterest board titled Jardin Chateau for this PIN and more ideas/photos for French-inspired gardens.  

Upcoming Event 

July 14- July 21, 2016

KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms and Hoffman California International Fabrics are sponsoring 
Sweet Tea Challenge 

On Thursday, July 14, 2016, 
I will be sharing a French-inspired project I made using small squares of 
KariAnne's new Sweet Tea line of fabrics, 
so perfect for all of your country style projects, 
both French Country and American Country. 

Be sure to see what I and my Texas blogger friends created, and 
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