Summer at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The orchard meadow at Sissinghurst in early morning sunshine

With an abundance of colour in the garden and out on the estate there's lots to see during the summer months.

The Summer Garden

During May we see the bloom of our Irises around the garden, these colourful bulbs are a bright start to the summer as they come out in their numbers. There's always a subtle transitional period within the garden walls when our bulb flowers start to fade and the bright roses in the rose garden take centre stage in June. The rose garden was one of Vita's favourite 'rooms,' which she fondly described as a

" Tumble of roses and honeysuckle, figs and vines. "
- Vita Sackville-West
A view into the rose garden from the tower
A view into the rose garden from the tower
A view into the rose garden from the tower

The Height of Summer

The garden is an ever changing tapestry of colour throughout the year, transormations take place week on week and the differences between one month to the next can make the garden nearly unrecognisable. While May and June see Irises and Roses flourishing in their numbers, July and August is when the garden takes on a contrast of colour. This is best seen in the cottage garden which is renouned for fiery golden hues during the late summer which is a stark conrast to the white garden which shimmers with moonlit planting.

Vita Sackville-West created this beautiful garden at Sissinghurst
The White Garden in summer at Sissinghurst Castle
Vita Sackville-West created this beautiful garden at Sissinghurst

The South Cottage Garden

Warm reds and gold mark out the South Cottage Garden, which is a riot of colour in late summer and autumn.
 
Against the wall of the South Cottage, the early-summer-flowering rose Mme Alfred Carriere was the first thing that Vita and Harold planted at Sissinghurst, on the day their offer to buy was accepted.
The South Cottage garden filled with fiery yellows and reds
South Cottage Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent
The South Cottage garden filled with fiery yellows and reds

The Vegetable Garden

Summer sees the vegetable garden take on a new look, with flowers springing up throughout the beds there's plenty of colour added to the formal rows of vegetables. There's also lots of space to explore around the veg garden with tucked away corners to take in the views across the low wealden landscape.

A Great Escape

There's nothing quite as relaxing as a stroll through the countryside and here at Sissinghurst we're lucky enough to enjoy 460 acres of diverse estate. If you're looking to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle then make your way to visitor reception so that you can pick up our estate map to help you explore the far reaching grounds. We have a very popular lake walk which is a mile long however if you're looking to explore slightly further afield there're some great locations for you to enjoy. The bird hide is a great spot to sit and while away the hours as you take in the sights and sounds around you.

Morning mist rising from the Orchard
Morning mist rising from the Orchard
Morning mist rising from the Orchard

 

Winter work in the garden at Sissinghurst

Gardeners cuttings from Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Check back here monthly for notes from our gardeners about the work that we're doing.

Upcoming events

Nature Indoors at Sissinghurst: ‘A flowerless room is a soul-less room’

Fri 27 May 2022
11:00-17:30
Nature Indoors at Sissinghurst: ‘A flowerless room is a soul-less room’ - Our new exhibition explores Vita and Harold's love off the botanical not only in their garden but within their living space as well.

Volunteer Recruitment Coffee Morning

Tue 07 Jun 2022
09:30-10:30
Find out more about volunteering at Sissinghurst Castle Garden on 7 June or 15 July. Have a chat with our teams and enjoy free refreshments.

Evening Garden Tours

Tue 07 Jun 2022
17:45-19:45
Join us at Sissinghurst Castle Garden for a volunteer led Evening Garden Tour.

Morning Garden Tours

Fri 24 Jun 2022
09:30-11:00
Join us at Sissinghurst Castle Garden for a volunteer led Morning Garden Tour.

Summer Nights at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Thu 30 Jun 2022
18:00-21:00
This summer see the garden in the evening sunshine, enjoy a tour and three course meal on a summer night.

'Another World Than This' -Charlotte Smithson

Sat 23 Jul 2022
11:00-17:30
This summer, Sissinghurst will host a specially-commissioned art installation by Charlotte Smithson, a Manchester-based artist whose work blends design, craft and botany.