July 18, 2012

Time to Trim the Terrace Garden

Along the side of my house overlooking the farm, I had a rather large stone terrace constructed with formal hedged gardens.  These gardens were planted several years ago and they are filling in very nicely.  For one part of the terrace, I chose to edge the gardens with contrasting evergreen shrubs – teucrium, boxwood, and golden barberry.  To provide interest, these shrubs are sheared to different heights, creating a step effect.  I was rather surprised lately with how overgrown these gardens had become, but that’s what happens with the prolonged high temperatures we’ve been experiencing.  Having formal gardens, like these, requires extra maintenance, but I think it’s well worth the effort.