Monet’s decision to soften the edges of his central allée with nasturtiums led him to a dwarf variety which suited his original purposes. He wanted subtlety. Unfortunately, the flowers he went home with weren’t dwarf nasturtiums at all, but a rambling variety that quickly tumbled over the borders of the path, spilling into the main walkway.
Nasturtium. Hardy annual vines and mounding plants with brightly colored, spurred flowers that have a mildly spicy flavor. (1854) |From the botanical illustration collection of Swallowtail Garden Seeds. This image is in the public domain. Right click to download. Use as you choose.
Monet’s Garden continues to grow and change as the months pass, meaning what you see come October will be entirely different from what you find blooming now. It’s a nice change of palette from one week to the next.
Only six plants... planted in drifts. you can see Lavendula ‘Hidcote’, blue flowered hyssop, dwarf purple berberis, grey/green-leafed Ballota pseudodictamnus and several different types of Santolina Cotton Lavender.
Paintbox Planters like those arranged alongside our hardy water lily pool were often used by Claude Monet to test color schemes before moving his plants into his garden proper. Ours are…thriving, to say the least. Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
The true marquee headliners of Monet’s Garden–the prima donnas of our current collection–are without a doubt their nearby neighbors, the water lilies. There is no other flower in the landscape of spring, summer, or fall that so thoroughly represents the oeuvre of master Impressionist Claude Monet.