I feel sure that Shakespeare would have said, "And so with your garden!" Specifically select the plants that appeal to you, and then divide or intersperse them using roses, boxwoods, or other dividing plants appropriate to a Shakespeare Knot Garden
, such as the Lavender munstead (Lavendula angustifolia "Munstead") and Blue Beauty rue (Ruta graveolens "Blue Beauty.")
Recycling Free range chickens Grow your own Handmade Weather-proofing Planting in gravel is a great way to protect those herbaceous perennials - and looks good, too...
Caroline Stanford, Historian at the Landmark Trust, said: "Knot gardens
were at their height of popularity from the mid 16th to the mid 17th century, when one was created at Astley.
Jan said: "There are places to walk and seating areas and hopefully lots of interesting pockets and all year round colour." The sweeping lawns and knot gardens
lead on to a walkway through golden hop-clad arbour and a kitchen garden with raised arbour.
EXPERT TIP: Buxus suffruticosa is a dwarf form of box that is especially suited for use in knot gardens
- a series of low hedges that are designed to l o o k l i k e interwoven threads - or grown in pots or containers.
As an artist's impression shows (overleaf), it was a typically Elizabethan enclosed garden divided into quarters, each containing two detailed knot gardens
of the kind in vogue at the time.
made by interlocking low box and lavender hedges in square or rectangular-shaped beds have been a popular feature in gardens for over 600 years.
STRETCH YOUR LEGS: Take a walk around the mediaeval knot gardens
and along the river when you stop off at Water-perry Gardens, two miles from Junction 8A.
epitomise some of the principles of good design: structure, balance, scale and proportion.
There are knot gardens
to front and back, paddock, mature trees and the church as close neighbour.
have been popular since the 16th Century and they are a stylish, low-maintenance solution for modern gardens.
And if they want the ultimate venue for a private party or reception, they can book the mansion's staterooms, long gallery and knot gardens
. The public too can now share in the same glorious backdrop for weddings and special functions.