I trimmed the parterre yesterday. It is not quite finished. I still need to attend to details and add more pea gravel.
This is the parterre when it was born; Before we added concrete curbing, pea gravel, the large angel statue, yew hedges at the street and Cleveland Pears behind it, with a Limelight Hydrangea hedge directly in front of the Cleveland Pear Trees, as well as a ten foot privet hedge.
I thought it looked pretty good then. LOL!
500 boxwood shrubs.
What was I thinking?
Here is the parterre on its second year of growth. The neighbor's houses and swing set are now barely visible, thanks to the trees and hedges we planted!
The parterre is situated on an incline in our front yard, to allow for proper drainage. I allowed the boxwood at the base of the incline to grow higher so the parterre is level with the horizon. It looks as if it is not on a hill at all.
There is lavender planted in the circles at each end of the parterre. (The other end is not visible in this photo). The scent of boxwood and lavender is like HEAVEN!
I trimmed the lilac standards, as well. They must be trimmed immediately after their blooms fade, as they set their flowers at that time. If you trim too late it will not flower the next year.
Too tired to take more photos and I have sunburn on my sunburn. LOL!
The gardeners in magazines always look so dignified, so proper, so clean!
At the end of my gardening day, I always look like I wrestled a pig in mud.
I suspect they are doing it wrong.