Create a knot garden from boxwood


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Only a few gardeners can escape the fascination of a knot bed. Creating a knot garden yourself, however, is much easier than you would suspect at first. All you need is a good plan and skill in cutting to create a unique eye-catcher with the artfully knotted knots.

First, you should look for a good place for the new bed. In principle, every location in the garden is suitable for a knot bed. Nevertheless, it should be remembered that this green ornament wants to be staged. Particularly attractive is a knot in the plan view. The square should be clearly visible from an elevated terrace or window - only then will the artful flourishes come into their own.

Knot garden from different plants

This knot garden was planted with boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) and red hedge barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea')

These plants are suitable for a knot garden

With the plant you do not have to limit yourself to one plant species. In our example, two different varieties of edible beech tree were chosen: green 'suffruticosa' and gray-green 'blue Heinz'. In addition, you can combine the boxwood with summer green dwarf shrubs such as the dwarf barberry (Berberis buxifolia 'Nana'). You should buy at least three-year-old potted plants so that they grow together quickly to a continuous line. At a box tree knot you have long friends because of the longevity of the plant. If you only want to create the knot temporarily, low grasses like the bear's grass (Festuca cinerea) or shrubs such as the lavender are also suitable.

How to create your own knot garden

Since the knot garden should last a long time, it is worthwhile to prepare the soil well: Loosen the soil deeply with spade or grave fork and work in plenty of compost. A dose of horn shavings stimulates the growth of the young plantlets.

To create a knot you need:

- Bamboo sticks for fixing the grid and for drawing
- bright masonry cord
- pattern sketch
- an empty plastic bottle
- yellow and white sand
- potted three-year-old bush plants of the varieties 'Blauer Heinz' and 'Suffruticosa' (about 10 plants per meter)
- spade
- white gravel

Step by step to your own knot garden

Stretch the grid of string

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Stretch grid of string: A grid of string is first stretched over a three-by-three meter prepared bed area. Choose the lightest possible string that will stand out well from the ground

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Determine screen density: The distances between the individual threads depend on the complexity of the selected pattern. The more elaborate the ornament, the denser the thread grid should be. We opted for a grid with 50 by 50 centimeter single fields

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Trace an ornament with a staff: First transfer the pattern to the bed with a bamboo stick field by field. If necessary, mistakes can be corrected quickly if necessary. The pencil grid in your sketch must of course be to scale, so you can accurately trace the ornament on the beetle

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Marking ornament lines with sand: Fill sand into an empty plastic bottle. If you have an ornament with different plant species, you should also work with different sand colors. Let the sand trickle gently into the incised lines

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Starting with the straight lines: It is best to start in the middle and if possible with the straight lines. In our example, the square is first marked, which will later be planted with the variety 'Blue Heinz'

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Add curvy lines: then mark the curved lines with white sand. They are later replanted with the edging book 'Suffruticosa'

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Remove Grid: If the pattern has been completely sanded, you can remove the grid so it does not interfere with planting

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Lay out plants for the square: Even when replanting, it's best to start with the central square. First, the plants of the variety 'Blue Heinz' are laid out on the yellow lines of the square and then aligned

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Replant square: Now it is planted. Lift trenches along the sidelines and then plant the plants

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Gently press soil: Place the plants close to the leaf roots in the planting trench. Only press the soil with your hands, so that the pot bales are not squeezed

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Replant the remaining marks: Now spread the pots with the boxwood 'Suffruticosa' on the white sand lines. Repeat the same procedure as described in steps 9 and 10

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Plant intersections correctly: At the intersection of two lines, the plant band running above is transplanted as a row, the ribbon underneath is interrupted at the intersection. To make it look more plastic, you should use the slightly larger plants for the upper band

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The knot is now fully planted. Now you can still cover the gaps with a gravel layer

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Apply gravel and pour on: Apply a layer of white gravel about five centimeters thick and then water the new plants thoroughly with a garden hose and shower head. At the same time remove any dirt from the gravel

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This is what the finished planted knot bed looks like. Now it is important that you bring the plants into shape several times a year with the beech shears and, above all, work out the contours of the knots well

Stretch the grid of string

Set grid density

Trace ornament with staff

Mark ornamental lines with sand

Start with the straight lines

Complete curved lines

Remove grid

Design plants for square

Replant square

Press soil carefully

Replant the remaining markings

Plant crossings properly

The finished planted knot bed

Apply gravel and pour on

ready-planted knot bed

Book tip: knot gardens

Knot Gardens by Kristin Lammerting

Knot Gardens by Kristin Lammerting, BLV Verlag

The enthusiasm for these extraordinary plants led Kristin Lammerting into the gardens of many like-minded people. With beautiful pictures and many practical tips, the book Knotengarten makes you want to plant a knot garden yourself. In her illustrated book, the author introduces ornate gardens and explains the practical structure for small gardens.

Video Board: FAQs about knot gardens from knotgardens.co.uk.

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