Creating a Parterre
Parterres are ornamental flower, herb or vegetable beds edged by low, tightly clipped evergreen hedges. This herb parterre is ideal outside a kitchen window.
- Excerpted from Simple Steps: Herbs
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With a sharp knife, cut slits into the landscape fabric approximately 8 inches apart where the hedging plants are to go. Using a trowel or just your fingers, make planting holes in the soil and firm in the hedging plants.
Work around the pattern until all the hedging is planted. The shrubs in this pattern are box (Buxus sempervirens), but other suitable plants include Lavandula angustifolia and Teucrium x lucidrys.
Arrange the herbs in their pots until you are happy with the design. Larger plants, like this bay tree in a terracotta pot, can be used to create a focal point. Cut the fabric and plant each herb carefully, as in Step 6.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Herbs
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