Creating two levels of hedging by underplanting the raised hedge is a nice twist on the stilted hedge that has become popular with garden designers in recent years. Here we see a formal low-clipped boxwood hedge under the raised hedge of Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin'. Both are evergreen, creating great year-round interest.
All the plants included within the garden are both appropriate and suitable for the conditions typically found in the north of Italy – the garden is enclosed on two sides by a bay (Laurus nobilis), hedge and shaded at both ends by the canopy of 12 ‘roof trained’ lime trees (Tilia x europaea ‘Pallida’). The sunken areas at the heart of the garden is punctuated by domes of clipped Box softened by a range of herbaceous plants in deep blues and lime green with a touch of deep pink. -