Relaxed French charm

Visiting the Mediterranean garden of a French friend Elisabeth in the Midi-Pyrenees you are struck by how relaxed the space has become. In late Summer the flowers have passed and the grass is long, but the rose covered pergola and iris along the path remain pretty. 

A lesson to take from this garden is that if you have strong structure, here walls, pergola, height changes, local materials, it is possible to allow the vegetation free rein allowing the space to become totally relaxed and possibly, for some, totally relaxing. 

The restrained planting range and use of limited materials means the space doesn't require you to take in lots of different things, rather you can wander quietly and observe the details of the nature that surrounds you.