Knot gardens are making a comeback, and you can have one too--in a container.
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Knot gardens, the marvels of 14th- and 15th-century Europe, are making a comeback.
A knot garden is essentially low-clipped hedges planted and trimmed to create a knotted- cord effect, where the different plant materials come in and out from underneath each other and give you that look of a knotted cord. There's the open style (figure A), where bare soil can be seen within the figures.
"The No. 1 thing that takes the most time however is the clipping of the hedges," says Alex Fernandez, manager of Filoli Gardens in Woodside, Calif. "Since it is a very formal garden with a lot of different plant material, you have to really delineate your lines and plant material. You have to be really meticulous because it's important--especially in an open knot garden--to keep that area free of weeds so the plants really show off."
If attempting a knot garden at home seems daunting, just start a small container knot garden.
Make beautiful patterns with a knot garden. Here's how one gardener designed hers.