De­sign In­tel

Condé Nast House & Garden - - DESIGN NOTES -

Gar­den de­signer Mary Mau­rel fills us in on con­cep­tu­al­is­ing a parterre gar­den brim­ming with bulbs and grasses for max­i­mum im­pact.

Struc­ture in any gar­den is key. An­chor the de­sign with per­ma­nent el­e­ments such as ev­er­green hedges. Use smaller grass va­ri­eties to pro­vide a con­sis­tent base layer or ‘can­vas’ for the de­sign into which one would then ‘weave’ bulbs and larger in­ter­mit­tent grasses. Se­lect a colour pal­ette that res­onates with you – be it re­strained and cu­rated or wildly colour­ful. The neu­tral tones and translu­cent tex­tures of grasses have an amaz­ing abil­ity to blend and unify the wildest of colour pal­ettes. When plant­ing and po­si­tion­ing bulbs re­mem­ber that their place­ment in na­ture is ran­dom – mimic this by not plac­ing smaller bulbs too con­sis­tently. Be more cal­cu­lated when plac­ing taller bulb va­ri­eties like wat­so­nias, and spread them to achieve over­all bal­ance.

clock­wise, from right The up­per Ter­races are a show­case for The col­lec­tion of grasses and peren­ni­als grown at The nurs­ery; an ar­ray of or­na­men­tal grasses in The grass gar­den; Sam­bu­cus ni­gra ‘Black elder’; The rose Ter­race op­po­site page a gravel walk­way...

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