A short holiday visiting gardens in Kent in 2015 and Sissinghurst was a must-see. I was last there in the 1980s while staying in Dorset and was inspired to create my own white garden on my return- not very successfully I might add.The return visit didn't disappoint.
It was interesting to see the exhibition detailing the development of the garden and in particular the relationship between Vita and Harold, poignantly told in this quote from Harold
Nor did Great Dixter, which I saw in the height of summer some years ago, disappoint. Christopher Lloyd is still very much a presence and one of my favourite gardening books of all time features correspondence between him and the doyenne of dry gardening, Beth Chatto.
|Autumn border at Great Dixter|
It was interesting to see the autumn colour on this occasion. The subtle placing of plants to show each to advantage, none taking centre stage but each playing its part in the overall scheme of things. The borders remain an inspiration.
Christopher Lloyd had an artist's eye, witness his use of colour, form and texture. The border shown here is full of faded and subdued shades, all placed with a painterly eye and utilising an autumnal palette.
This border is in direct contrast with the glories of the rudbekia in another part of the garden.
As Van Gogh wrote ' How lovely yellow is. It stands for the sun.'
|Rudbekia at Great Dixter|