Pierre Patel´s overview of Versailles painted in 1688 demonstrates the power and glory of the French gardening style as exemplified by Louis XIV and Le Notre. In the perspective, avenues stretch into the distance, while nearer the chateau ordered and disciplined plants line expanses of green and the wide alleys through which the king makes his tour. Tall hornbeams are clipped and trained to make vertical screens -the charmilles lastingly associated with French formal gardening- and the bosquets make a dense screen around their inner features and planting.
From Gardening through the ages. By Penelope Hobhouse. Italy. 1992. P. 162-163