Morley Williams called this concept a “Privy Garden,” his own term for a small enclosed space designed to be seen from the house and for the private use of the family. The original garden was a series of clipped hedges and topiarized cherry laurels.
The garden was redesigned and planted in 2008 and again in 2018 to showcase more diverse plants (and colors) and interpreted as a Knot garden. Early knot gardens were continuous interlacing bands of plants designed to express an endless cycle. By the 18th century, any intricate pattern of plants was called a knot.
The garden features hellebores, sedums, dianthus, and ice plants as part of the knot.