Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent, England.
In 1930 the writers Harold Nicholson and his wife Vita Sackville-West bought dilapidated Sissinghurst Castle with its ruin of of an Elizabethan tower and set to work to restore it and create a garden.
Harold planned the garden and Vita Sackville-West devised the planting. She hated serried ranks of flowers and arranged her plants in groups and swathes of colour, giving consideration to texture and the differing seasons.
This is now one of the most popular gardens in the country.
Vita used the small room at the very top of the 16th century red brick tower as her writing room.
The white garden viewed from the top of the tower.
The central climbing rose in the white garden is famous for its display of flowers in early July. This area of the garden was very crowded with sightseers and it was frustratingly difficult to photograph in such an enclosed space. The planting was very beautiful but I was unable to capture exactly what I saw with my camera.
Beyond the white garden there were other 'rooms' with flower beds of brilliant colours.
From the tower you could see the pathways that had been mown through the orchard and the Kentish countryside beyond the garden.
The gardens are now run by the National Trust. (Sometimes referred to as the 'National Trussed')
watercolour of Sissinghurst garden by Rosemary Murphy.