A Horticultural Oasis in Normandy: Le Jardin Plume

Nestled high on a Normandy plain, just a stone's throw away from the picturesque city of Rouen, lies the resplendent Jardin Plume.

As I strolled through the grounds of Jardin Plume on my most recent visit, I was once again captivated by the seamless transition from the meticulously clipped box hedges surrounding the house to the vast and thriving orchard beyond where mounds of radiant red apples had just been gathered

One of the most striking features of the garden is the undulating waves of box hedges which provide a beautiful backdrop for the vibrant summer flowers once the rain and cold pass. Beneath a charming vine-covered trellis, sheltered from the sun, visitors are treated to a breathtaking view. It unfolds to reveal the meticulously maintained box parterre filled with different treasures as each season goes by. Poppies, heleniums, dahlias, and the fiery red hues of crocosmias burst forth, painting the garden with an ever-changing tapestry of colour and life. In early summer the south facade of the house is covered with cascades of golden yellow Banksiae roses.

What sets Jardin Plume apart is the warm and welcoming presence of its founders, Patrick and Sylvie Quibel. Over my many visits over the years, their genuine passion for their creation has always shone through as they offer valuable insights and advice to visitors.

For those who share a love of gardening or simply appreciate natural beauty, the Jardin Plume is a must-visit destination. Discover inspiration from the comfort of your armchair this winter with their book, found here, or plan a visit when they reopen in 2024.

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