Small knot garden

Small knot garden

Small knot garden

A small knot garden for a very beautiful front garden.

Designed with inspiration from gardens from medieval times. An embroidered tapestry brought to life.

This is the garden of a florist. She has a deep appreciation of flowers and plants, an eye for detail and a special skill for designing with flowers.

Her garden needed to be something that satisfied her desire to have a beautiful arrangement to walk through each morning.

She is also a very busy mum with two small children so it had to be something that held the design together all year round with the minimum of maintenance.

Small knot garden

Small knot garden

Clipped box, in a unique knot garden pattern,

Spring tidy up of the diamond path

Spring tidy up of the diamond path

A border of red clay bricks forms the central small knot garden. There is a circle of lavender in the center under a standard winter flowering Viburnum Tinus “Eva Price”

Lavender circle in centre

Lavender circle in center

Two bricks set on edge side by side, form a path around the raised central circle to a cast iron bench.

Cast iron bench

Cast iron bench

Plan detail showing the diamond pattern path to the bench

Plan detail showing the diamond pattern path to the bench

An archway at the side covered by a wisteria.

Wisteria arch

Wisteria arch

The garden is very easy to maintain.

I clip the box hedge of the small knot garden every summer. It only needs clipping once a year.

Box needing a trim

Box needing a trim

Before

Before

After

After

Box and lavender

Box and lavender

When to clip box hedging?

My grand dad who was a market gardener always clipped box on Derby Day or just after, which is usually the first week in June. However I was talking to some gardeners at my local R.H.S. garden Hyde Hall last summer and they clip their box at the end of July, beginning of August.

It probable depends a bit on region, my grand dad gardened in the midlands, in Leicestershire. It is a little bit colder there than here in Essex where I garden. I like the box to grow a little bit after it is clipped so it looks just that little bit softer over the winter. Also my clients appreciate their gardens looking their best over the summer months.

 

Freshly clipped knot garden

Freshly clipped knot garden

In the winter

Camellia in February

Camellia in February

Winter

Winter

Box with snow

Box with snow

Spring flowers

Miniature Narcissus

Miniature Narcissus

Hellebore

Hellebore

Summer roses

Summer roses

Summer roses

Unfortunately the winter flowering Viburnum Tinus, at the center of the knot garden, has succumbed to a viburnum fungus and it will have to be taken out. We have decided to replace it with a standard rose the same variety as the ones already in the garden. The rose is on order and it will be planted in the spring

Clipping box is tremendously therapeutic.

I look forward to clipping the box hedges in my Grand Gardens each year. It only takes a few hours to do each garden as box is a very slow growing shrub.

Top tip: Buy ready trimmed plants that have already grown quite dense so all that is needed is a light trim.

Box hedge arriving ready trimmed

Box hedge arriving ready trimmed

A Thank you card for a small knot garden

Thank you card for the knot garden

Thank you card for the knot garden

A Garden Design of your own.

If you would like a Garden Design of your own starting with a free consultation in your own garden, please telephone 07843 410869 or send me a message via the contact page 

Until then

Happy Gardening

Wendy

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