This is probably a dangerous thing to do, and could grow arms and legs, but I thought I would start to make a list of some of the plants that I have seen growing in the area, that I would like to have in my garden one day (if my garden conditions and layout allow).
Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’. I love purple leaved shrubs and trees, and this one has done well for me before. Sounds like it should thrive in France although I haven’t seen it there yet.
Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’. Slightly tender for UK so I hope it would do well in France. Or maybe Solanum jasminoides ‘Album’, although I do like the purple colour.
Trachelospermum Jasminoides. A must. Grew well for me in Sussex, and I expect it to grow even better here as I have seen it in plenty of local towns growing against sunny walls.
Viburnum Opulus, which I love for its bright red berries, or perhaps Viburnum Opulus Sterile/Roseum, which doesn’t have the berries but comes highly recommended with an AGM. I am not sure which one I have seen growing here in several places. The just-opening pale green pom-poms look fabulous entwined with purple wisteria.
Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ – not because the name is French but because it’s probably my favourite flower/shrub of all time. I have seen other Philadelphus growing in gardens, so hope that I will be able to grow this one.
Thyme – this may be Jekka’s Thyme (after Jekka McVicar). The bees seem to love it, and the leaves are very strongly aromatic.
Purple Bearded Iris (Iris germanica). This seems to grow everywhere around here so hopefully I might inherit some. It would look good along the base of the stone garden walls, either inside or outside the garden. Gorgeous scent.
Wisteria (of course). Glycine in French. I am hopeful that there might be one in my new garden already. Maye I’ll end up with a purple one AND a white one!