Fine houses are beautifully linked to the gardens and their artistry in topiary is second to none. Colourful bedding is elevated to the utmost with imaginative use of annuals, biennials, bulbs and perennials. Added to this is the long history of rose breeding which is reflected through the gardens in rose- bedecked arches, pillars and arbours. However, visiting Normandy frequently in the past few years, I have become acquainted with a different kind of French garden, one that displays highly developed plantsmanship, innovative design and an empathy with its natural surroundings.
Le Jardin Plume (The Feather Garden) is an outstanding example of this new kind of French garden. It has been open to the public for nearly twenty years and in that time has become known all over the world. The combination of classic French design and naturalistic planting has caught the mood for a more sustainable, relaxed and immersive garden experience.
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