How to Plant a Knot Garden

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Plant a knot garden by deciding on the size of the garden, laying out the pattern and planting herb plants mixed with silvery foliage about 6 inches apart. Keep knot gardens well trimmed with advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to plant a knot garden. Now knot gardens have been around for centuries. And they started back in the Medieval times, royalty would have a knot garden just to show off their herbs and their boxwoods, and their garden. And the whole point was to see the knot garden from above. So if they lived up in the castle, and the garden was below, they could see the beautiful, intricate designs of the knot garden. And there is some boxwood or herbs. And really if you see them from an airplane too, they're just gorgeous, and many different designs. But the key to designing a knot garden, is deciding on the size of the garden that you want. If it's a small area, you don't want to have a real intricate pattern, because it might be hard to maintain, and it might not, it might outgrow the area. But, even if you have a small area, herbs are great for knot gardens. And when you plant them, you plant them about six inches to a foot apart, you just make a layout with squares, and then you can make a design. Just any way you can make a design with squares, you can make a knot garden. And the trick is to mix silvery foliage with green foliage, with black foliage, so you have lots of different shapes and texture in your knot garden. And so it's really affective. Especially if you have a Lamb's Ear, or something that's really silver mixed in with a Spearmint plant. And then that way when they knot together and braid, it's really, really affective. And the trick with knot gardens, is to keep them trimmed so that they're always neat, and uniform at all times. So they can be labor intensive, but if you keep up with them, they'll be very beautiful for many years to come.