Sissinghurst in September, Part 2
After enjoying Sissinghurst’s Cottage Garden, we strolled on to the Nuttery. This is a word I was unfamiliar with, but it means a place where you grow nuts. A comical-sounding word, suggesting all sorts of bad puns.
The Nuttery has a shady woodland feel, with its Ostrich Ferns (Matteucia strutheopteris) and rows of tall hazels (Corylus).
Near the Nuttery is the Lime Walk, which is supposed to be glorious with flowering bulbs in spring. In September it was OK, but not all that exciting.
The Nuttery leads to the Herb Garden. I really liked this planter, and the way they created a surface with slivers of brick. UPDATE: Marian St. Clair of Hortitopia informs me that they are actually terra cotta tiles turned sideways. Clever!
From the Herb Garden to the Moat Walk, where we found Aster frikatrii blooming their little hearts out.
There is an orchard of widely spaced fruit trees, under the gaze of a 16th Century tower.
We spent some time in the White Garden, the most famous of Sissinghurst’s garden rooms.
I can’t say I appreciated the White Garden as much as some others have. It’s a little too understated for me. Also I have never been crazy about fussy little boxwood hedges.
A garden of all or mostly white flowers needs a shady spot, in my opinion. In sunny areas white flowers look best mixed in with other colors.
This is a really nice planter, though.
Sissinghurst is in a gorgeous rural area, by the way.
One last English garden coming up: Great Dixter.