The parterres in the garden are now in their third summer and I thought the gardeners among you may like an update – these parterres are after all a joint project, since all the big decisions were made with your help and advice!
The weeping roses (White Dorothy) in the centre of each parterre have gone pretty crazy this year. They are enormous and have required a simple frame for their slender stem to lean against, as wind resistance is maximum at this time of year.
Early spring the beds were filled with self-sown aquilegia, and we took the very big decision of adding an edging to the parterres. You may remember that I hesitated over this, and initially edged in Lamium. Finally the Lamium proved pretty hard to control and so I ordered over three hundred little Ilex Crenata. I have to tell you that planting that many tiny little bushes is no mean task, and was a three day job.
We chose Ilex over box because of the box blight and moth problem that is rife in France at the moment, and I’m happy with the way they look.
They have finished off the parterres and make things look neater, although I’m alarmed at how quickly they grow compared to box. They will need trimming several times a year for sure!
So I’d love to know if you have any experience with edging flower beds or parterres? Have you tried Ilex or another variety in the place of Box? And if you have any other ideas to share, that would be great too!
Do tell me please, I’d love to know!