Returning from my holiday, I was amazed at how much the garden at Sissinghurst had advanced in just a week. Spring is at the peak of perfection with magnolias and tulips basking in the sudden spring warmth and finally revealing the full glory of their flowers.
As I walked around looking at how each garden room had changed since I had last seen it, I was struck by the fact that at Sissinghurst, we are so lucky to have both big vistas and intimate tapestries of foliage and flowers that beckon us to take a closer look. Some gardens such as Stourhead and Rousham favour the big vistas and viewpoints whilst others such as Great Dixter favour complex planting schemes and intimate spaces. At Sissinghurst, we are able to experience both, thanks to the influences of its two creators; Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West.
Their unique partnership created a garden that is both classically formal and exuberantly romantic. The straight lines of the yew hedges, the classical viewpoints and the use of symmetry are all Harold’s influence, whilst the overflowing and bountiful flower beds, the detailed pots and troughs are Vita’s vision.
Together they formed the perfect partnership. Two very different styles creating the perfect whole…