A little more casual is this vine covering a patio space. Look for a plant that will provide shade through most of the outdoor season. Your personal style will dictate if you want greenery only or some color provided by flowers. If you choose the latter, be sure the blooms are more subdued than exuberant for a classic French feel.Another good choice is an espaliered fruit tree. Edibles were always part of a French garden, and a well-trained espaliered tree will fit right in.