Cutting the Zone 6 Gordian Knot
There's no time like the dead of winter to start thinking about Spring. Since temperatures hit -16°C last night, it seemed like any excuse to think of warmer weather was not only warranted, but a necessity.
Actually I had been mulling a particular idea over in my mind for some time. This year I think I'll establish the bones of a small herb knot garden.
|Different plants can create a stunning knot garden.
Photo: freshelectrons, Flickr ccl
Originally, common plants would have included germander, marjoram, thyme, hyssop, camomile, sage and the like. Over time fashions changed, and most now have their defining shapes made of shaped boxwood. So technically they are more parterres than actual knot gardens.
I know they're complicated to plan, grow, and maintain, but that's OK by me. My madness will hopefully solve two other problems. The first is winter interest, as the plants most usually used for the main shapes are woody evergreen perennials. Secondly, within the "holes"—those sweet little microclimates—I can experiment with some of the more borderline zone plants (like hardy rosemary). I may just pull some of them off.
|A knot garden generates micro-climates in the spaces between its "bones."
Perfect for flowers or herbs that need more warmth and protection.
Photo: Lawrence OP, Flickr ccl
There's a flat area in the side yard that's just aching for something interesting. I think I'll fill it.
(Donations to purchase boxwood plants will be gratefully accepted.)
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