The Lutyens bench surrounded by glorious Clematis Perle d’Azur
It’s good to have friends. Even better to have lovely friends who live within spitting distance of Sissinghurst, and invite you for the weekend!
It was another fabulous June day and although our visit was relatively short, we saw so much.
The first area was the famous White Garden which was looking a little ‘bitty’ as the newly planted out annuals are still filling out. But the roses and eryngiuims were glorious and the effect of a white ‘room’ on such a hot day was very calming.
By complete contrast, we moved from the white garden to an area of bold orange and yellow planting. These are two colours I don’t don’t have much of in my garden. not because I don’t like them, but largely because of all the inherited pink. It was stunning, really bold and quite enveloping, with fantastic height from the verbascum,
and Ligularia japonica.
Close up of Ligularia, towering overhead.
Further yellow was provided by the knapweed, Centaurea Orientalis
whilst the many oranges included the horned poppy, Glaucium corniculatum
Emilia coccinea (I’ve previously grown Emilia Javanica from seed which was very disappointing compared to this. Perhaps I should dig up all my Fox and Cubs and replace them?)
and, probably my favourite honeysuckle, Lonicera ‘Dropmore Scarlet’.
With bold contrast from the very ‘bloody’ Potentilla atrosanguinea
From here to some really interesting shady planting. Catananche caerulea Alba
and a beautiful, dainty climber, sorry no name. Any clues?
Some great foliage Kirengeshoma palmata
And further into the light, Clematis Alba Luxurians (I think)
and a graceful philadelphus, Philadelphus Sybille, with a lovely sweet scent.
To finish, a fabulous purple border
a view of the Tower
and a great little touch – a display of blooms currently in flower in the garden, together with their identities.