Mother Earth Living


Create a Subversive Knot Herb Garden




After some trial and error, Geraldine chose the contrasting foliage colors of yaupon holly, crimson and golden barberries, and variegated privet to emphasize the individual ribbons in her knot garden.
A bit of horticultural heresy, Geraldine Laufer’s asymmetrical knot garden greets visitors as they round the deck and enter the garden.
A bit of horticultural heresy, Geraldine Laufer’s asymmetrical knot garden greets visitors as they round the deck and enter the garden.
Eleven years ago, newly planted boxwood, dwarf crimson barberry, and lavender liners were nearly invisible against the background of the soil.
Curlicues and diagonals mingle in this planting design adapted to a not-quite-square site.
Illustration by Susan Strawn
Today, the low hedges of Geraldine’s updated knot garden are uniform and lively in color.

















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