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- formal garden laid out on a flat terrace,
usually at the front of a house so that it is
overlooked by the principle rooms on the first floor (parterre = on the ground). The intricate
designs are usually picked out using low growing clipped shrubs, but some were devoid of plant
material, the design being laid in coloured earths and gravel. Always designed as part of a wider
design concept, usually in relation to the house, unlike the similar knot gardens.