Les Jardins d’Angélique surround a 17th century manor house near Rouen where the owners, Gloria and Yves Lebellegard, created their garden in memory of their daughter Angelique. The grounds are divided into two gardens of quite different styles. To the north of the house sits a woodland shrubbery with a Second Empire or Victorian feel, the garden to the south has a more formal Italianate style.
A stream trickles through the garden, crossed by small bridges and feeding shady pools.
There was no name tag on this plant, but having recently visited the Shamrock Hydrangea collection, I’m guessing this is Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’
Throughout the garden, the owners have placed benches at focal points and in spots where one can sit and just enjoy the atmosphere. These white-painted iron benches also add to the Second Empire feel.
During my visit, the many fruits and flowers of the roses, trees and shrubs were very inspiring.
Behind the house, facing south, lies another garden quite different in style. A splendid stone fountain combined with clipped yew topiary, rectilinear box parterres and a white and green colour palette, give it a formal Italianate feel.
There is a lovely contrast between the topiary, the clipped box hedges and the exuberance of the roses and perennials. The peachy pink tones of the flowers also reflect back the warm colours of the brickwork.
These two gardens, though different in style, are both beautifully maintained, have strong structures and are full of interesting plants. Beautiful features such as the ponds, bridges, antique benches and fountain make for an interesting and inspiring garden to visit.
Les Jardins d’Angélique, Route de Lyon, Montmain, 76520 Rouen, France.
Telephone : 02 35 79 08 12