Visit Le Jardin Plume
The Jardin Plume is a beautiful contemporary garden close to Rouen in the north of France. The garden specialises in grasses and perennials and uses parterres of clipped hedges to give the garden structure.
Explore the Jardin Plume
The Jardin Plume is one of our favourite gardens. The summer garden is a kind of modern knot garden with a very formal layout of clipped box in a square edged pattern. Each 'box' is then filled with a very natural planting of grasses and perennials but the colours are superb. Lots of golden yellow, deep red, burning oranges...
The overall mix of formal and informal, the somber green of the box and the jewel colours of the flowers is really superb. Favourite plants here are dahlias, crocosmias, heleniums, kniphofias and of course grasses - giving the plumes the garden is named for.
Because of the strong structural element to the garden and the use of plants which remain interesting in the winter the garden is still beautiful in the winter.
Masses of euphorbias and hellebores and many other plants mean that spring is wonderfully fresh and verdant in the jardin plume.
Autumn is my favourite. All the grasses and cimifugias make the backdrop to the asters and helianthus etc a bit like a firework display. Magic.
When I visited the garden in late September the box hedges are filled with vibrantly coloured flowers, interspersed with grasses. Meadow areas are mowed into regular squares adding formality to the informally swaying grasses. The autumn garden was a joy with asters and grasses that were taller than me. Even the potager is full of flowers.
Added to all this there is a fabulous garden centre where you can buy most of the plants grown in the garden.
The Jardin Plume Garden Guide:
Le Jardin Plume is open from the begining of May until the middle of October.
The garden is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 18.00. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays 14.00 to 18.00. The garden centre is open the same hours but from the begining of April.
A garden visit costs 9.50 euros for adults, 5 euros for 10-13 year olds and free for under 10s.
Address: The Jardin Plume is situated 20km North-East of Rouen, between Rouen and Dieppe.
Le Jardin Plume, 790 Rue de la Plaine, 76116 Auzouville sur Ry
Gardens to visit nearby
This is a great area for gardeners. Other favourites include the Jardins Agapanthe, the Jardins d'Angelique and the Jardins de Bellevue. All of these gardens offer very different styles making these visits a treat for gardeners.
Monet's garden at Giverny is in striking distance. It is one of France's most visited gardens with good reason. If you can we definitely recommend you pay a visit.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.