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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sissinghurst. Part 7. Herb Garden, Sunken Garden.

 There are more than a hundred herb varieties in Sissinghurst's Herb Garden.
Square beds are filled with camomile, fennel, hyssop, lavender, lemon catmint, pot marigold, sages, thyme, comfrey, etc.
The herbs grown here were used in the Sissinghurst kitchen, although Vita herself wasn't interested in cooking. Maybe, that is why the Herb garden is located far from the main buildings.
She was attracted to plants' appearance, smell, history and traditions attached to them. 

Not all the herbs here have culinary  uses, some of them are medicinal plants or have other practical  applications.
This is the link to Sissinghurst blog's article:  Summer in the Herb Garden.
It gives interesting information about such plants as Birthwort, Polyganatum x hybridum and Florentine Iris.
It's also tells what types of support are used for plants: it's hazel 'pea sticks' from the Nuttery and
green sticks for the Irises.

Looking to the Nuttery from the Herb Garden:

The garden seat is also planted with herbs:


The following pictures are of the small Sunken Garden that was planted for the first time in 1939.
It is located in the corner of the Tower Lawn and filled with moisture loving plants.
Several views from the Tower:

Ancient galvanized trough:

I have several dozens of random pictures left that were taken in different parts of the garden and around it.
 I will publish them soon, and it will be the end of my photo-report about visiting Sissinghurst in May 2014.

***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS


  1. Gorgeous photos ! I only hope to visit Sissinghurst someday ...

  2. It just keeps getting better and more interesting!

  3. Your Sissinghurst photos are really wonderful. I have been there several times but never get enough of it.

    1. Janneke,thanks! I am jealous - you are so close to it!

  4. Such a soft pallette. Do you suppose it had to do mostly with the time of year?

    1. Ricki, I saw some summer and fall pictures of the Herb Garden on the internet. You are right - the colors change! There are some reds, yellows, etc. later in the year.

  5. such easy flow and I bet the aroma is heaven

    1. Sandy, the rain made everything even more special!

  6. So beautiful! The gardens seem like such a magical place. Thank you for sharing.

  7. What a beautiful place! I've never been but would love to go someday. Those hedges are so precise! If they let me do the pruning, they'd look like swiss cheese. ;o)

    1. Ha-ha! I love swiss cheese! I read a post on their blog about the method they use to do the prunning, they use certain tools and measurements.


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