This house is considered to be an American Foursquare Colonial. Its elevated construction made it an ideal choice for a French parterre garden, the house easily able to look over the garden's formal, orderly layout.
Truly an outdoor paradise, this garden steps down 75 feet from the main house via several terraces, each with their own dedicated use. There's a pool, a dining area, a great lawn and a formal parterre garden with a central fountain.
Following the gravel path leads visitors to the center of the garden, where a pretty parterre waits to be discovered like a precious gem. Carefully arranged topiaries surround the feature and so enhance its elegance.
When landscape architect Katharine Webster first saw the front garden at the home that would become the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, she felt something was missing in parterre garden constructed of boxwoods and backed by an ivy-colored wall. Webster introduced UPBEAT, an aluminum sculpture by Clement Meadmore, to complement the space.
Historical inspiration was drawn from gardens in the United Kingdom's National Trust properties for this landscape. The succession of rooms defined by formal pathways, focal points and ornamental plantings are typical of classic parterre-style gardens.
The inspiration for this Florida driveway's paving pattern was taken from the classic shapes of the parterre gardens of Versailles. The formality has been deconstructed by ArquitectonicaGEO and reassembled into a careful arrangement of salt-treated, poured-in-place concrete pavers that appear to float in a pool of crushed seashells and native coral rock.
This house had a previously neutral exterior, but the family wanted the exterior of their house to match the traditional cottage look of the interior, so they had cedar shingles added to give the house some color. They also added beefy, Craftsman style trim to really make the angles of the house pop against the dark cedar shingles and the green of the parterre garden.
Rather than fill the empty space of the planting beds with an array of flowers and shrubs, the designer chose to emphasize the unique boxwood shapes by planting them far apart. A simple, neat layer of mulch ensures the focus remains on the artistic topiary element and deters the growth of weeds.
Layers of lush plants complement the elegant architectural style of this luxurious home in Southampton, New York. The garden is framed by an emerald green necklace of trimmed boxwood hedges, which help separate the swimming area from the floral and herb parterres planted with lavender, roses and lady's mantle.
To complement the Colonial architecture of this historic home, built in 1911, the garden is organized in French parterre style. The design is intended to act as a visual link between the house and its natural surroundings.
The soft planting palette used in this garden is composed primarily of pink, white yellow and blue flowering shrubs. The designer avoided oranges and reds in order for the palette to complement the natural shingles of the home, creating a cohesive design. Here, flowering shrubs like roses and other annuals and perennials ensure the garden is in bloom from March until late fall.