Posted: 24/03/2013 at 09:53
Lucky you! I love the Luberon area. This is not a long term plant, it lasts a few years and then dies from the bottom up. Bear in mind the smaller the leaf the hardier the plant. The ground coverer 'Repens' spreads over everything. We had a little house in Roussillon/Apt for a short time but did a swop with our son when we became Great Grandaprents and were needed back in Wales. I planted one for him in Roussillon/Apt, as I love all blue flowers but he had to get an irrigation system installed as they go weeks without rain and then get an absolute downpour. Plants that grow well are Tamarix, Lavender, Rosemary, Iris, Syringa, and for hedging you can't beat the Elaegnus (Quicksilver) as the insignificant flowers give out a heavenly scent - watch for die back though and prune immediately. Brunneras, Heucheras, Perovskias, Achilleas, Knautias all do well in drought and Eryngiums look lovely planted with tall grasses as do the ground covering geraniums (Jackson's blue) and of course potted Pelargoniums are simply wonderful. We're visiting in May. Good luck.