Parterre and knot gardens are both symmetrical and patterned ways of introducing interest. Both are suited to any size of garden although the parterre creates more of an impact in a larger garden.Parterre’s originate around the 16th century with the famous example being the Chateau of Versailles in France.
Low evergreen clipped hedges such as Box are used to edge and form the patterns.
Paths are created between the beds so the visitor can meander through enjoying a relaxing stroll.
The parterre patterns tended to emulate French embroidery with complex symmetry and flowing patterns and the spaces between are filled with ornamental flowers, often annuals, replaced throughout the year to create constant colour and interest.
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Knot gardens are different in that the hedges undulate as if woven under the crossing hedge whereas parterre hedges remain at a constant height.
Knot gardens use several species of hedging to create different colours threading through the pattern and the spaces between are rarely filled instead a gravel mulch makes an even backdrop for the pattern to really take centre stage.
It is thought that Parterres are an extension on the Tudor knot garden made more flamboyant by the French., both have seen a revival with the Victorians brining back this garden style.
Today’s gardens can equally accommodate such an elaborate style and modern geometric patterns can be re-born as intricate knot gardens.
The relatively low level of maintenance fits well with today’s lifestyle as the gravel base can disguise a weed suppressant matting and the hedges should only need clipping twice a year at the most.
Parterres take a little more work but using perennials instead of annuals will help cut down the work and these can be made to attract wildlife. Front gardens especially benefit from this style of gardening what a beautiful first impression they make.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]