The Artist's Garden at Giverny, 1900 by Claude Monet

Throughout his life Monet had been an avid and knowledgeable gardener. It was at Giverny, however, his last home and the place he lived at for the longest, that his vision for a garden became a reality. He was meticulous in his approach to planning the garden, which expanded over the gears to incorporate his now famous pond. Monet undertook extensive research for his garden and planned and planted his flowerbeds with the colour of his blooms and the time of their flowering foremost in his mind to produce a coherent aesthetic throughout.

His garden was a constant source of inspiration to him, particularly in later life, and included one especially important flowerbed planted in memory of his beloved aunt. The flowerbed was below the artist's bedroom window and was an exact copy of one that his aunt had had, and he had painted, at her home in Sainte-Adresse.

Iris,the beautiful purple and violet flower,is the favorite subject painted many times by two of the great impression artists - Vah Gogh and Claude Monet. Van Gogh's Iris is in vibrant color-the violet petals, the blue leaves and the rich red soils with bright orange marigolds in the background; It's full of vitality-the flowers waving and twisting with rhythm. While Iris of Monet is in a sublime scene: under willow trees,and the purple petals are shimmering in the sunshine, almost floating on the top of the clusters, which epitomizes Monet's use of brilliant colour to produce the effect of a radiant summer sun.