The Flowering Calendar of Claude Monet’s Garden

The Flowering Calendar of Claude Monet’s Garden
Giverny Basin

Giverny Basin

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet

Can’t make it to Giverny until the autumn? Don’t put off your visit – Claude Monet’s pink stucco house and his fabulous gardens should not be missed. Even in mid-October Giverny is a riot of colour: a natural palette that blooms until the first frost. The Grande Allée is an impenetrable path of bright orange nasturtiums. Zinnias, dahlias and asters still reach for the warm autumn sun.

The Impressionist’s water garden reflects the subdued mauves and plums of its bank-hugging shrubs and the yellow of its weeping willows. Monet’s often-painted Japanese foot-bridge is festooned with twisting vines of wisteria. The water-lilies, inspiration for Monet’s Nymphéas series, still bloom well into October.

Flowers at Giverny

Flowers at Giverny

The green-thumbs at Giverny carry on the tradition of mixing and blending the garden’s plantings like the artist with his paint. Just the right tint, tone and shade are required to saturate the gardens with colour for each of the seven months its growing season. A flowering calendar of Claude Monet’s gardens is available with a list of what blooms when. Perhaps you could replicate your own private Giverny in your back yard!

The Flowering Calendar of Claude Monet’s Gardens at Giverny


Tulips, pansies, forget-me-nots, narcissi, aubrietas, cherry and crab-apple blossom, fritillaries, and daffodils.

Nasturtiums at Giverny

Nasturtiums at Giverny

Irises, peonies, rhododendrons, geraniums, wisterias, azaleas, wallflowers, daisies, laburnum and delphiniums.

Roses, poppies, clematis, and tamarisk.

Roses, nasturtiums, ageratums, zinnias, nicotianas, busy-lizzies, verbenas, dahlias, rudbeckias, salvias, gladioli, cleomes, cosmos, sunflowers, helianthus, hollyhocks. The water-lilies begin in July.

Dahlias, cosmos, hibiscus, plus all of the July blooms.

Flowers at Giverny

Flowers at Giverny

Nasturtiums carpet the Grande Allée, asters, dahlias, cosmos, rudbeckias

Dahlias, plus all of the annual flowers until frost.

Claude Monet declared “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Visitors can see his masterpiece every day, from March 25th to November 1st, 2016 From 9.30 AM to 6.00 PM. Visit the official website here.

Giverny Basin

Giverny Basin

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After experiencing an epiphany at the Musée d'Orsay, Hazel Smith is currently a mature student of art history at the University of Toronto. Blogger and amateur historian, she has also written for the online travel guide and for Fascinated with the lives of the Impressionists, Hazel has made pilgrimages to the houses and haunts of the artists while in France. She is continually searching for the perfect art history mystery to solve. She maintains the blogs Smartypants Goes to France and The Clever Pup (

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  •  Kent Massie
    2022-11-03 02:41:25
    Kent Massie
    Having visited Giverny in mid-August, I am eager to see the azaleas and rhododendrons and iris in full bloom. Any idea the of the optimal time? Thanks.