Ornamental gardening combines different aspects of art and nature to come up with visually appealing landscapes. A garden maze is created using topiary techniques that involve shaping shrubs and small trees by clipping them. The hedges are designed so that they follow simple shapes that are intertwined to form a long puzzle-like hedge. The technique originated from Greece and spread to Rome where it was used to decorate the gardens of old Roman villas and castles. Mazes evolved from knot gardens that were very common in Renaissance Europe.
Beauty and fun
Mazes often combine beauty with fun. However, the initial purpose of mazes was not to confuse people but to provide boggling paths for strollers. A garden maze facilitates fun activities that involve solving the puzzle and finding specific points by following its pathway. The tantalizing game consists in finding an elusive central place or the entrance to the villa with some of the paths leading to dead ends. Observation towers or bridges are located at different spots, to help visitors find the path they have to follow. It is possible for people to get lost while trying to find their way out. The person who finds the exit first is the winner.
The garden maze – achieving natural beauty
Mazes depict a taste of class and civilized life that are often associated with the proprietors of villas and castles. From an aerial view they are really stunning, green puzzles that follow particular shapes. Mazes, therefore, create an amazing view that can be enjoyed from elevated spots such as the top of a villa or the window of a castle. At times, some of the shapes enclose beautiful flowers that help improve the appearance of the entire garden. The perfect trimming enhances the mazes by integrating an artificial aspect to the natural glance.