Artfully laid planned and executed to resemble the threads of ancient Celtic knot, these gardens are aptly christened Knot Garden. Possessing a rich lineage, these traditional gardens have retained this design for hundreds of years.
Knot Gardens originated during the Tudor period in the 16th century. These gardens have drawn inspiration from the intricate English needlework patterns. Gravel fillings or mulch and trimmed hedges are the peculiar features of Knot Gardens. Tracing back to late 16th early 17th century French embroidery patterns gave rise to the new idea. The distinct feature is hedges created in a series forming ornamental flowerbeds. Usually patterned after tapestry from their home furnishing, intricate geometric patterns, dwarf hedges of evergreen herbs, paths defined Knot gardens.
Knot Gardens are best when viewed panoramic from top. Locate a level spot which is centrally located in the middle of the entire expanse of the Garden. The area should have generous amount of sunlight without any tress coming in the way. The outline should look like a perfect frame. Hedges are box shaped and knots were made in groups of four each. Time consuming; hedges need careful trimming to maintain a well manicured appearance. The ideal site should give you enough scope if you want to extend your garden at a later period.
To maintain the woven effect demands a lot of effort in terms of maintenance. A knot garden has been replaced by less labor-intensive yet equally decorative plantings. They are known as parterres as they have a slight edge over other plants as they are low-maintenance plants. A parterre is basically a knot without a woven effect. Closed knot gardens, without access and compartments are filled up with colored sand or gravel. Open knots gardens have elements like paths, patterns and compartments.