The last time I visited Jardin Plume was 2 years ago and although most of the structure remains the same, the planting, especially in the flower and autumn gardens, seems even more lush than before.
Plants are densely woven in these two areas to create a real painterly feel.
And it’s the height, as well as the depth of the planting that really gives you the sense of being totally immersed in the planting, with the sweet scents, fluttering butterflies and the buzzing of bees completely infiltrating your senses.
The orchard (from which all other gardens are accessed) is by far the largest garden of the nine distinct areas,
and seating dotted around allows the visitor to soak up the atmosphere from many spots.
In fact all of Jardin Plume is peppered with great seating (above is the Miscanthus cloister), which has to make it one of the most welcoming gardens I know to visit.
This time round, I was totally captivated by the planting in the flower garden. Above you can see the muted pink Echinacea ‘Razmatazz’ stealing the show. It’s an Echinacea gone spectacularly wild and it really reminded me of photos of me and my sisters from the 70′s with our de rigueur spindly feather haircuts.
I was rather taken with this fancy cultivar in the nursery too.
Each turn (or bench) provides another splendid vista, here, pink and white Gauras provide a light and airy scene. (Gauras seem to be the height of fashion in many a French municipal planting scheme this summer, often planted alongside Russian sage (Perovskia) which makes journeying through French villages an absolute delight.)
It’s been great to see Jardin Plume again in September, but fingers crossed that I’ll be able to visit earlier in the year next time so that I can witness the change of seasons throughout this most inspiring of gardens.
PPS. If you’re looking for a B&B in Rouen, look no further than Chambres avec Vues. It’s got to be the friendliest and most accommodating B&B we’ve ever stayed in. Greeted with tea, coffee or beers on arrival and a sumptuous breakfast the following morning, this is a most wonderful place to stay for a night or two (or more!) when visiting gardens.