QUESTION: Why is it called a knot garden?
ANSWER: A knot garden is called this because of the way it’s shaped. If you’re unfamiliar with knot gardens, they’re fancy gardens meant to add unique beauty to your yard or garden area. Most knot gardens are formal.
The idea is to plant herbs or other sweet-smelling flowers in a design which resembles a rope tied in a knot. This is where the name comes from.
Once the flowers and herbs are planted, they’re then lined with box shrubs which create a square border around the garden. Some gardeners skip the box shrubs and outline it in a wooden border.
Knot gardens can be large with gravel walking paths around them, or they can be smaller depending upon how much space you have to dedicate to them.
The next time you’re walking through a yard that has flowers planted in this unique design, you’ll understand that it’s a knot garden and how it received its name.