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Green Mountain
Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is an extremely popular boxwood. It has great cold tolerance and is one of the most naturally resistant to Boxwood Blight. It is deer and rabbit resistant and grows well in full sun to shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
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Schmidt
Schmidt Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’) is a lesser-known boxwood variety but has a desirable tall and narrow growth habit making it great for hedging. It is deer resistant and grows in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.
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Box Honeysuckle
Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) is lovely hedge in its own right but also makes a great boxwood substitute for areas with Boxwood Blight. The foliage is evergreen and very similar to boxwood. It is deer resistant, takes full sun to full shade, and grows in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Hick's Yew
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) is the best hedge for deep shade locations, although it also thrives in full sun. This is a naturally narrow plant, so it is good for small spaces. It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits. Hicks Yew is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8.
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Little Simon
Little Simon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Simon’) is a dwarf selection of Emerald Green that only reaches 3-4’ tall. It is a great boxwood substitute for colder regions and blight-susceptible areas. It grows best in full sun and is hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
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Teton Firethorn
Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’) is an evergreen hedge that boasts billows of white flowers in spring, followed by bright orange fruits that feed birds through winter. Sharp thorns keep deer away. It grows well in full sun to shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Knot Gardens

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Knot Gardens2021-02-19T11:41:21+00:00

Knot garden design is like a great wine: nice at first, but as it matures it takes on complex, sometimes unexpected characteristics that enchant and delight the senses.

Using conventional methods to create a knot garden will mean waiting years for that wonderful finished look. Using InstantHedge means having that beautiful result in one day.

Knot gardens

Styles

Knot gardens are versatile, and they work well in many garden styles.

They are a classic choice for Cottage Gardens, forming a structured border around casually abundant mixes of flowers and herbs, as well as flowering trees and shrubs.

They are equally traditional in a Formal Garden, with intricate designs that can mimic those of Versailles. Formal Knot Garden Designs complement stately trees, topiaries, and sophisticated flowers and shrubs, as well as fountains, sculptures, or other hardscaping elements.

Knot Garden Design

Modern Gardens can use knot designs to create their characteristic geometric shapes and patterns. Modern Knot Gardens can either be very spare, with more stone and metal than companion plants, or they can be lush with foliage or sculpted trees.

In public gardens and in landscaping around institutions like government or university buildings, knot gardens provide valuable, sophisticated, year-round landscaping that can be a foundation for seasonal plantings.

Knot Garden Design Ideas

Design Element

Knot Gardens can be used for a variety of different purposes in a landscape design. They can effectively direct eyes and feet to certain parts of a garden, bringing focus to a piece of art, water feature, or specimen plant. They can help stabilize soil in sloped areas. In areas with a lot of seasonal color, they anchor the space through the year by providing evergreen interest.

Knot gardens

The Main Event

While Knot Gardens are useful tools for other landscape styles, they can also make a stunning garden all on their own. Public gardens, historic estates, event venues, and many other locations can create a stunning knot garden to delight visitors. There is no limit to what kinds of designs could be created with a knot garden, needing few to no accent plants to make it truly breathtaking.

The classic knot garden choice is Boxwood, as it is a low-maintenance evergreen that looks fantastic all year and grows in a wide variety of climates. There are many different boxwood alternatives, however, to create a different look or fulfill different needs. Try Hicks Yew hedges for a different texture and great shade tolerance. Box Honeysuckle hedges are excellent for areas needing a blight resistant boxwood alternative.  In warmer, humid climates, Green Spire Euonymus hedges are perfect for a glossy evergreen hedge that stays very narrow. Little Simon Arborvitae is dwarf arborvitae that makes a gorgeous, dense, evergreen hedge that does well in very cold climates.

KNOT GARDEN GALLERY

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Footpaths are neatly bordered in a knot garden style with boxwood (Buxus) hedges in this country garden.

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This whimsical cottage garden stays tidy-looking by using boxwood hedges to add structure.

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Walkways are evenly bordered with boxwood (Buxus) hedges while the entire country garden is framed with European beech (Fagus sylvatica).

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A low boxwood (Buxus) hedge as well as a taller yew (Taxus) hedge can be used in conjunction with one another to create an outdoor courtyard.

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Knot gardens almost always showcase boxwood (Buxus) which looks very nice when interplanted with perennials and other flowering plants.

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Large, sloping properties benefit from using hedges to add stabilize the soil as well as adding structure and beauty to the landscape

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Historic homes and country settings can use low boxwood hedges to line paths and highlight courtyards and patios.

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The shorter boxwood (Buxus) hedge in front is mirrored on a larger scale by the purple-and-green European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedge on the right.

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Boxwood (Buxus) hedges are the ideal type of hedge for framing walkways and defining paths.

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Artistic symmetry can be implemented in a formal garden with the use of uniformly-grown boxwood (Buxus) InstantHedges.

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A low boxwood (Buxus) hedge for a formal knot garden looks great with a mixed purple and green European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedge.

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Soft evergreen hedges like this boxwood (Buxus) make a stone patio softer and more inviting even when planted in modern, geometric shapes.

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This cottage garden is quiet and private thanks to the tall beech privacy hedge.

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Various parts of the garden can be clearly defined with carefully-placed boxwood (Buxus) InstantHedges.

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Various parts of the garden can be clearly defined with a tall leafy hedge of beech (Fagus) or hornbeam (Carpinus) like shown here.

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Historic estates and parks can be revived using new boxwood hedges to create classic knot gardens