Growing to only about 30cm it is useful as edging for flower beds, providing a lovely contrast to other greenery in the garden and it was a popular plant in the 16 th century when knot gardens
were in fashion.
He was considered by some to be a genius, and by others as a destructive force, as he swept away formal knot gardens
and parterres to make way for his more natural landscapes.
A York stone paved patio is at the back of the house and a gravelled pathway leads to the formal knot gardens
with box hedging and lavender, and rose and grape pergola.
Since the garden team sprang into action they have planted hedges, knot gardens
and a Sensory Garden, as well as bringing the Walled Garden back to life, producing vegetables for the Tea Room and for sale in the hall's shop.
For example, two geometric grids of a garden design "show how gardeners laid out knot gardens
, which had become highly intricate by this period.
It is generally agreed that roses, in fact, may be used in your Shakespeare garden to punctuate and divide each growing space, although some do use boxwoods, in true Elizabethan fashion; knot gardens
are thus a logical variation on this theme.
DESIGN classics such as knot gardens
, made by interlocking dwarf evergreen hedges, never fall out of fashion and are a fairly low-maintenance way to replace a worn-out lawn.
and parterres lend themselves well here, and so too can modern minimalist design.
Landmark has created a free, downloadable competition pack, full of history about knot gardens
as well as practical advice on how to design and plant your own knot garden
Another Chinese company - my popularity in the Orient does seem to be growing - followed, extolling its own virtues in producing electronic goods, and Amazon also wrote to suggest that, on the basis of previous items I had ordered from it, I might be interested in a tome on the Elizabethan Knot Gardens
The squares were filled with grass, mazes or more elaborate knot gardens
, railed in and emphasised with topiary.
Box is generally planted in parterres and knot gardens
, used for edging garden paths and as clipped topiary and needs a little help to encourage strong growth.