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Inspired By My Pinterest Boards: This Year’s Category is GARDENING
Grown since Elizabethan times, patterned after old tapestries, colorful hedges are planted in intricate designs to appear as over and under knots.
On garden tours where there is a knot garden, you will find me slowly walking the gravel paths, camera in hand, breathing in their charm and visual impact. I may wander off, but before leaving the garden, I always return for one last look at a variety of knots that bring me deep pleasure. If you have space, preferably a square or rectangular piece of ground, are willing to carefully plan and maintain these garden gems, your knot garden will be the pearl of great price in your garden. In order to avoid the cash register going cah-ching, I caution restraint in your design remembering all the plants you will need to hedge.
The traditional hedging plants for knot gardens are boxwood, which I have written about for the letter B. (Buxus sempervirens) The compact ‘Suffruticosa’ hold up well with several clippings during the growing season. I can vouch for an American boxwood “Winter Gem” that withstands a North Carolina (zone 7) hot summer.
Knot Gardens need a focal point (see photo above) and if you are lucky enough to have a French urn or glazed pot, by all means use it. The knots might be filled with herbs, roses or plain gravel. Talk to your nursery after an assessment of your soil, do the math….your plants should be set 9-12″ apart, depending on what you are using. Within three years your plants will have grown together and you will be rewarded for all your effort.