Sissinghurst Castle Garden Part II

by Susan on November 23, 2012

Welcome to Sissinghurst Castle Garden Part II.

The Cottage garden was the first garden made at Sissinghurst after it was purchased by Harold Nicholson and Vita Sackville-West. There are 4 huge yew pillars standing watch in the center of the garden.  The garden is packed with hot-colored flowers in shades of yellow, orange and red.  It’s a wonderfully bright, inspiring space.

Cottage garden at Sissinghurst

The South Cottage (pictured above) was the first building made habitable at Sissinghurst. The cottage garden stands at its door step. The white rose ‘Madame Alread Carriere’ was planted against the cottage wall on the actual day in 1930 that Harold and Vita purchased Sissinghurst.  Amazingly, that rose thrives today and can be seen in this photograph.

Yarrow in the cottage garden at Sissinghurst

I love the hot color scheme in this garden with the burnt orange sunflowers, brilliant yellow yarrow and red blanket flower.  The dark green yews and boxwood make the perfect back drop.

Hot colors dominate the cottage garden at Sissinghurst

Everything looks so brilliant and alive in this space.

Yellow plants in the cottage garden at Sissinghurst

The planting at Sissinghurst is amazing.  The huge drifts of plants form great tapestries of color that leave you breathless.

Copper tub filled with flowers

The focal point in the center of the garden is a huge antique copper pot overflowing with African daisies.

Verbascum rises to great heights in the cottage garden at Sissinghurst

The verbascum are taller than me (the tall yellow flowered plant shown above).

Cottage garden at Sissinghurst Castle

You can see the dead blooms of Siberian iris and poppies in the foreground of this photo. You don’t even notice a blank space in the planting with the iris and poppies gone because the garden is jammed packed with plants.

Great color scheme in the cottage garden at Sissinghurst

I am not 100% certain this photograph is taken in the Cottage garden.  I included it because I love the salmon color scheme shown here.  The flowers on the right highlight the salmon in the centers of the day lilies on the left, creating a beautiful color arrangement.

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Wife, Mother, Gardenerw January 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

What a beautiful batch of photos, Susan! Thanks for sharing your visit!!
~Julie

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Susan January 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos Julie. It is such a beautiful place.

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Loi Thai November 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Hi, Susan – I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for this second tour of Sissinghurst. Those yew pillars provide such structure to this lovely garden. Without them, I think everything would be overwhelming. Once again, your photos are beautiful and thoughtfully framed.
xo
Loi

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Susan November 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Hey Loi,
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving too. Now that it is officially holiday season, I am off to the Detroit Eastern Market tomorrow morning to get some evergreen decorations for my flower boxes. Thanks for stopping by and as always, I appreciate your kind words!
Cheers!

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