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Knot Gardens

Knot gardens are formal, intricately designed, and almost always high-maintenance. "Woven" lines of plants—most often herbs—are laid out to resemble a knot-like design when viewed from above. Popularized in Elizabethan England, knot gardens can still be found British and European landscapes today. The best plants for a knot garden are aromatic and low-growing, to reduce the need for constant pruning. For Florida, dianthus, rosemary, thyme, creeping thyme, sempervivum (hens and chicks), and sage are suggested plants.

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