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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Peach French Tuteur Trellis

Monday, May 20, 2019

This spring peach French tuteur trellises are the biggest change in my flower gardens. We had them in the vegetable garden for the past few years, and they were burgundy before being painted peach. 

Three French Country Trellis Tuteurs in a Narrow Flower Garden
As I looked at the narrow flower garden strip below the covered back porch, I realized the peach French tuteur trellises would fit nicely in the space and would help hide the dark open area under the porch. 

P E A C H   F R E N C H 

T U T E U R   T R E L L I S 

Gardens are ever changing landscapes by their very nature. Growing, blooming, fruiting, dying is the natural cycle for plants, but containers, trellises, fences, pathways, and buildings are also part of gardens. Usually they do not change much, but occasionally a change in one or more of them gives a fresh look to an existing old space.  

French Country Peach Tuteur Trellises capture your attention as soon as enter the walkway
As soon as you approach the backyard along the paver walkway, the French tuteurs in their new spot capture your attention. 

French Country Peach Tuteurs with Potted Bleu Lobelias
Cream clay flower pots sit between three trellises. Blue lobelia leans toward the sun and will spill over the edge of the pots as summer progresses. 

French Country Peach Tuteurs with Potted Bleu Lobelias
Each pot contains a mixture of annual and perennial flowers. Spanish lavender is supposed to be a perennial in my plant zone, but frequently dies when the winter is extremely harsh. 

Oxalis, lobelia, scabiosa, and Spanish lavender in Clay Pots
The lobelia is an annual flower, but the white oxalis and blue scabiosa, commonly called pincushion flowers, are dependable perennials which will come back next spring. 

Peach French Tuteurs with French Country Garden Shed in Backyard
At first the trellises sat close to the paver walkway with five existing Russian sage plants behind them. Each of the trellises had a Russian sage behind it, and there was a Russian sage between the trellises.

A week after putting the trellises in place close to the paver walkway, I decided to move the three tuteurs close to the porch to gain room to plant new Provence Lavender in front of each trellis. 

Potted Flowers in Front of Peach French Tuteurs
By moving the trellises back, the clay pots receive more direct sun. 

Peach French Tuteur with new Provence Lavender bedding plants
Two Provence Lavender plants are now planted in front of each of the three trellises. 

Peach French Tuteurs along curved paver Peach French Tuteurs with bedding plants in backyard gardenwalkway in backyard
This new arrangement also makes the existing rosemary plants to line up with the clay pots and new Provence Lavender. 

Peach French Tuteurs along curved paver walkway in backyard
Rosemary seems to like where they are planted. This is their third year and have grown from small 4" starter pots. 

Peach French Tuteurs in front of raised back porch
Each of the three peach French tuteur trellises sits over a Russian sage, and one Russian sage sits between two trellises. The sage may need to be moved to another location, but are going to stay here for this summer to see how they fare. 

View of open space under raised porch before new French tuteurs were added to the garden
Here is a look at how the narrow flower bed below the raised porch looked a year ago the first week of March. The space under the porch is a gaping hole to the eyes. The Russian sage had yet to sprout their new growth and the rosemary plants were much smaller. 

Peach French tuteurs with elevated porch and walkway leading to driveway
With the peach colored trellises the whole area is brightened and  your attention is drawn away from the open area under the porch. The peach color blends well with the red and gray multi-colored pavers. 

Peach French tuteurs with sunspace in background
The Provence lavender and the potted flowers' colors look pretty with the peach. 

Normally the view of the kitchen breakfast area sunspace is one looking toward the backyard through the windows while sitting inside. Here you can see what the outside of the breakfast sunspace looks like. 

Peach French tuteurs in backyard with French garden shed in background
Standing in the same place as the last photo, this is the view to the opposite direction. The French style garden shed/house is a few steps away along a paver walkway. Purple oxalis and ivy grow in the large blue pot, and white dianthus grows in the white pot on the bottom step of the stairs to the porch. All of them come back each spring. 

Peach French Tuteurs with statue in spring backyard garden
This view is from the walkway coming from the driveway. The rye grass meadow is on the right side of the walkway, and the black wrought-iron trellis leads to a path in the native wooded area. 

The Virginia Creeper vine near the girl statue is a native plant that grows randomly in wooded areas. Any plant that is native, returns each year, and needs no supplementary water or fertilizer is allowed to grow in my countryside garden ... as long as it not poisonous (poison ivy, poison oak) or has large thorns (saw briars.) Wild blackberries have thorns, but they are small, and the plants provide food for the birds. So they also are allowed to grow in my countryside garden. 

The native plants and billowy meadow are unstructured parts of my country garden, while the peach French tuteur trellises add a bit of structured French style to my garden. 

My house and garden in the country are French-inspired, but also reflect the natural plants in my region. 

happy gardening to you 

See more inspiration from my Pinterest Boards, Jardin Chateaux and Jardin Tips.  


  1. Very pretty! Such a classic garden accent. I've been looking for a pattern and instructions on how to make tuteur trellis'. Or at least where you can buy one. :)

  2. What a perfect solution to covering your 'black hole.' They look wonderful and the plants you've chosen will look great there, too.

  3. Judith, it all looks so beautiful! I love the tuteur trellises, they are perfect for your style of garden and they really do work to draw attention away from under the deck. What an amazing transformation! All of the plants you have shared are favorites of mine and I would love to walk along your pretty path and explore your gorgeous gardens. Truly inspiring!

  4. Hello Judith, it’s a cold, windy, drizzly day here in New England so I’ve been huddled in a blanket with a cup of tea reading through your Moments in France this morning. First, I think you’ve missed your calling. It has been like reading a book of poetry with such heartfelt captions to each picture. Have you ever considered putting this collection of posts in a book? I know I would buy it!

    We spent a week in Paris in the beginning of May, which only whet our appetites for return trips to France. I did manage to visit the Paris flea markets (in the rain) and successfully brought home a large blue and white soup tureen. Thank you to my husband for carrying this home for me! I never realized how much I loved the French country look in my home or how I seemed to unknowingly incorporate this into my decor. I’ve signed up to follow your posts and enjoy looking at how you’ve brought this look both inside and out. Looking forward to seeing your ideas on a regular basis. I’m surprised that you are not part of the Country French Friday’s blogs.

    1. Margo,
      Thank you so much for the encouraging words. This is one of the nicest comments about my writing that I have ever received. Until I read your comment I had not considered putting A Moment in France posts into a book, but now I am mulling that over. Thanks for the suggestion.

      How wonderful you were able to find a Paris flea market treasure to bring home. There are always so many things I would love to buy in French flea markets, but getting them home is an obstacle. I keep saying, "One day I will ship home French finds in a container."

      I tried to reply directly to you with a return email, but could not because you are a "no-reply commenter."

      Hope your weather warms up soon.


  5. Excellent post, Judith - I so love your garden! Thanks for the great ideas!

  6. Lovely, as always, Judith! I wish I had room to add some of your lovely tips and ideas for a garden at My Wee Abode! But, I would love for you to share at Tuesday Turn About (if you haven't already! ;-) )

    1. Thank you. I went right over and shared my Peach French Tuteurs at your new linky party, Tuesday Turn About. Thank you for inviting me to join.


    2. Thanks for joining, Judith! Hope to see you each week! Tell me, are these tuteurs always used as decor, or do they have a purpose (like for plants climbing on them?) The decor alone is purpose enough for me! hehe!

  7. Hi Judith!
    I love your tuteur trellises. They do a great job drawing the eye away from looking under the deck. Your garden is beautiful! I'm hoping to start establishing some garden areas very soon. I hope you will share this at Homestyle Gathering!
    >>> Kim

    1. Kim,
      Thank you. Here's hoping you are able to start your garden areas any day now. I plan to continue to share posts at the Homestyle Gathering party. Thank you for the personal invitation; it makes me feel so welcomed.


  8. Judith, I LOVE what you've done here in your garden with the rocks, the walkway and your trellises! Happy to feature your post this week at Share Your Style #210. <3 Also, I'd like to ask you, may I borrow a photo (linked back to your post, of course!) for my rock wall post I've got coming in a few weeks?

    Still waiting on some rocks then need to plant the plants, even with summer fast arriving but I'm writing the post now. I like your cobblestone walkway and since I'm planning on a walkway, that's where I'd go with this.

    Thank you for thinking about it!
    Barb :)

    1. Barb,
      Thanks for the feature! I would be honored for you to share a photo or two of mine on your upcoming posts.


  9. Hi Judith, I love the peach French tuteur trellises and hope we can use something like these in our back yard this year. Thank you for the inspiration and sharing on Tuesday Turn About!

  10. This is really lovely, Judith! What a great idea to use the pretty peach trellises to draw attention away from another area. Your home looks so lovely with all of your surrounding plants and landscaping. Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

  11. Your yard is so beautiful as is your house. I don't recall seeing pics of this view before.

  12. Judith these are gorgeous! They make such a statement in your home/garden area and I love the peach color too. The way that you've mixed the flowers, herbs and natural plants is really beautiful. It all looks like a perfect backyard oasis. Hugs, CoCo PS: I'm officially putting your French garden house on my Christmas list :) It's stunning!


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