Superlative Sissinghurst

IMG_3460The 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. IMG_3400


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, IMG_3426

and Ligularia japonica.


Close up of Ligularia, towering overhead.IMG_3432 (2)

Further yellow was provided by the knapweed, Centaurea OrientalisIMG_3414

whilst the many oranges included the horned poppy, Glaucium corniculatumIMG_3417

Californian PoppyIMG_3423

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?)IMG_3418 (2)


and, probably my favourite honeysuckle, Lonicera ‘Dropmore Scarlet’.IMG_3421 (2)

With bold contrast from the very ‘bloody’ Potentilla atrosanguinea IMG_3433 (2)

From here to some really interesting shady planting.  Catananche caerulea AlbaIMG_3439

Turkscap Lily

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Anemone narcissifloraIMG_3443

Astrantia IMG_3453

and a beautiful, dainty climber, sorry no name.  Any clues?IMG_3442

Some great foliage Kirengeshoma palmataIMG_3446 

Onoclea sensibilisIMG_3454

And further into the light, Clematis Alba Luxurians (I think)IMG_3436

and a graceful philadelphus, Philadelphus Sybille, with a lovely sweet scent.IMG_3440

To finish, a fabulous purple borderIMG_3394

a view of the TowerIMG_3407

and a great little touch – a display of blooms currently in flower in the garden, together with their identities.IMG_3463 (2)

4 thoughts on “Superlative Sissinghurst

    1. jenhumm116 Post author

      I promise you it seems a pretty long way from the island – the route is via the M25! Seems ridiculous to go all that way north….
      Definitely worth it though.

  1. AnnetteM

    Lovely photos and some great ideas for my shade garden. I really like the Turkscap lilly. Might try to get some. A beautiful post – thats for sharing your visit.

  2. Chloris

    I have just been to to Sissinghurst too and I thought it was looking great at the moment. I know what you mean about the annuals in the white garden though. Underwhelming, but I expect they will look better as the season goes on. I usually love all the containers at Sissinghurst but they were all looking a bit measly too. But the roses! Oh wow!
    Lovely photos.


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