I am an avid (addicted) gardener who lives in zone 8b/9. I got the gardening bug when I bought my house in 2005. There were just a few azaleas growing onto the house and not much else. Starting with a blank slate, I planted my first bed in the spring of 2006 and that's all I needed to begin a marathon of bed building throughout my yard. My goal is to create a "park-like" atmosphere - a place to escape and appreciate all that a garden offers. I'm looking to create some type of diary on the progression of my garden and share my gardening experiences. The good, the bad and the ugly!
 

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Mini Parterre
by Jason Redmon - posted 03/12/13

So the issue I have is that I love all types of gardens.  I love them so much, that I want all types in my own garden.  Impossible right?  Maybe so, but it doesn't stop me from trying.  Which brings us to the Parterre garden. 

A parterre garden is a formal garden that usually has beds arranged in a symmetrical pattern.  Lots of hollies and boxwood type shrubs are pruned into all sorts of shapes and sizes. 

Like this one:

This was my inspiration picture.  When I come across a garden that I like I always save the picture.  Although nothing can really be duplicated, many ideas can be morphed into something that works in your own garden.  For me this simple Parterre inspired me and was the picture that helped me bring a little Parterre into my own little Garden.

I had an old vegetable garden that I had transformed into a holding garden (#toomanyplants).  It was just the right space to get the Parterre that I wanted. 

With the help of Cindy Jordan of Sugar Magnolia Landscaping.  We ripped out the raised boxes and shoveled most of the pea gravel from the area.  The neighborhood cats discovered the pea gravel and decided to make it their litter box.  Not fun.  So the pea gravel was replaced with larger rocks that the cats wouldn't find appealing. 

The larger rocks that are replacing the pea gravel in the Parterre.

Landscape edging was used to create the boxes for the Parterre. 

The finished Parterre.  Due to limited space, I used Mondo Grass in place of the boxwood type hedges in my "inspiration" picture.  And Cone Hollies were planted as the center piece of each box.  This is where many shapes can be displayed.  I'm coning mine to repeat the Cone Hollies I have in my front yard.  Repetition is very important in a garden. 

 

 

 

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Christopher (Louisiana - Zone 8a) - 04/09/2013

Your Parterre turned out really well!
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