Knot Gardens
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Daniel Zondervan
Posted on: October 30, 2001

I am planning a knot garden for my local church and was wondering if you can give me a list of plants that would be perfect for tiny hedge planting. Could you also make the list of sun and shade herbs and plants that would grow in fair to good soil for this type of gardening.

There are very few herbs that would be suitable for a knot garden in the shade. With the addition of organic material in poor soils, woodruff or Galium odoratum (zone 5-9) might work.

Some plants suitable for a sunny spot would be boxwood or Buxus sempervirens(zone 6-9), Santolina chamaecyparissus (zone 6-8) and germander or Teucrium chamaedrys (zone 5-9), winter savory or but annuals such as small leaved basils would be rather pretty and useful as well. Lavender (the hardiest is Lavandula angustifolium ‘Munstead’ or ‘Hidcote’ for zone 4-9) works well for the interior of beds and if you don’t mind sacrificing the flowers they could be used for edgings as well. All these plants need well-drained soil. If you are on clay, just work in generous amounts of sharp builders sand and your knot garden should be terrific.

For more ideas of plants to use check our web-site <www.richters.com> under "Q&A" and "search Q&A" under "knot".

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