Here’s a recently completed garden with two identical square(ish) beds, divided by a path running down the centre. It sits directly below a raised patio terrace, so it’s mainly seen from above – what better outlook for a modern knot garden?!
In such a symmetrical space, it made sense to use some strong repetition with plant shapes – hence the central circles of sage, lines of lavender and hebe hedging, and a mirroring of nepeta and cotton lavender either side of the path.
But there are also subtle differences in the planting too – one side features 3 Euphorbias, while in the same place on the other side are 3 Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ – who’s late summer/autumn blooms are a seasonal counterpoint to the Euphorbia’s spring flowerheads.
In this ideal south-facing sheltered site, It was fun creating such a mixed border, which features everything from topiary, climbers, grasses, herbs, shrubs and perennials…..amazing what you can pack into a small space…