How to create a garden that’s picture perfect
Create a garden that even Monet himself would be happy to paint!
Claude Monet is probably best remembered for his impressionist paintings of Japanese bridges, weeping willows and waterlilies. But he was just as much a gardener as he was a painter and he dedicated much of his life to creating a beautiful and richly detailed garden at Giverny in Normandy.
He is quoted as saying: ‘Colour is my obsession, joy and torment.’ And he painted and re-painted his landscapes to capture the changing light and passing seasons. The warm June garden yielded some of his finest work and few painters have captured the spirit of summer better, and it’s all still there, kept as it would have been at his peak of productivity. Those famous scenes, familiar from a thousand greetings cards, are recreated in real life.
Like Monet, we can create living canvases at home – the best place to watch the seasons change. As gardens hit their peak, filled with flowers and dappled with sunshine, our own creations can enthral and inspire – and painting it is optional!
Monet’s water garden in spring, with forget-menots and daffodils, before the waterlilies are out Claude Monet, above, was a passionate gardener. Below, The Water Lily Pond, painted in 1899