In the history of the English garden the Royal Garden at Kew has played an…
On a recent trip to Heritage Museums and Gardens on Cape Cod in the town of Sandwich, Massachusetts I noticed in the garden a row of heavily pruned evergreens.
What came to my mind was the idea of a shrubbery, in this case, referred to as a collection of well-clipped shrubs.
In the book Keywords in American Landscape Design we read “By the 1840s, shrubbery had developed as a distinct garden feature defined by graduated, intermixed vegetation; placement along walks, roads, flower gardens, and lawns.”
This example of shrubbery on the lawn fits that definition.
These shrubs at Heritage offer a display on the lawn.
The lawn certainly is highlighted, but the evergreens stand out as well in their well clipped style as a year-round effect.
In the English garden shrubbery is distinguished from the flower garden and the pleasure ground.
When we group shrubs together in a pleasing design like this at Heritage, we create such a shrubbery.