What are flower beds?

In gardens, whether they are small or large, the different sections can be divided in many different ways: with physical barriers such as a wall, with statues or lampposts, or with plants. When we decide to opt for the latter, the wide range of possibilities opens up before us, since depending on the species they can be useful for making flower beds, for example.

As you can see in the image, choosing the shrubs and flowers well, getting a perfect garden is not difficult. But of course, for that you have to know what flower beds are . So let’s solve your doubt.


  • 1 What are flower beds?
  • 2 What is your story?

What are flower beds?

Flower beds in a private garden

A parterre, or paterre, is a ‘formal’ garden design at ground level consisting of flowers or herbs , which is usually bordered by shrubs, dwarf conifers and perennial flowers, or else by coupled stones forming a screen from the garden. interior flower beds, and gravel walkways that are laid out in a pattern that is usually symmetrical.

What is your story?

Triangular flower bed

The term »parterre» comes from the French, which means «on the ground». And it was there, in France, that they were first developed, by Claude Mollet , the founder of a very important dynasty of nurserymen in the 18th century. The idea came to him when contemplating the paintings of the painter Etienne du Pérac, who returned from Italy to the castle of Anet, where both he and Mollet were working.

In 1614 parterres en broderie would first appear in an engraving by Alexandre Francini , of a view of the plans of the plantations of the gardens of Fontainebleau and Saint-Germain-en-Laye. A few years later, in 1638, Jacques Boyceau, a French garden designer, described what they must have looked like: »Partres are the low decorations of gardens, which have great charm, especially when viewed from an elevated position: the borders are made of several main and secondary bushes of various colors, formed in various ways, such as compartments, foliage, embroidery, arabesques, grotesques, guilloches, rosettes».

What are flower beds?

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