Order And Harmony

Create your own French Parterre.


A parterre is a site made up of planting beds separated by walkways and edged with small shrubbery that is kept well-trimmed.

Traditionally, the patterns are defined by dwarf hedges which became all the rage in Elizabethan knot gardens, intricate affairs that the French adopted, simplified, and called parterres. One of the earliest and most famous examples is at the Palace of Versailles, a living embroidery of swirling miniature hedges.

You too can create your own Parterre…or just a single French style bed.


You don’t need to have a huge yard the size of the one at Versailles Palace to create this look. The same balance and eye appeal are easy to achieve, by creating an interesting geometric design and making the most of the space you have to work with.

Design the planting beds.  French style is a study in geometry. Decide on the shapes you want for the planting beds, and then make sure they’re clearly defined.

Make a hedge border. Making a hedge border is like making a frame for a garden.  Excellent choices for hedging are boxwood, euonymus, clipped cedars and yews, or the aromatic foliage of lavender. A living masterpiece is enhanced when surrounded by an elegant border.  Boxwood and emerald cedars are now on sale!

Fill the garden bed.  Inside the border garden, you can use flowering shrubs, annuals, perennials, herbs, bulbs and even vegetables if you want. Use a decorative focus element in your garden for the final touch.   Statues, urns, planters, and water features are all elements of French garden design.

By incorporating old-world features and luxuriant plant growth, you can adapt any landscape into a French vision.

Whatever your vision, we can help you reach your dream garden.