"I'm trying to make a grey,green and white garden. This is an experiment which I ardently hope may be successful, though I doubt it.
...Stachys Lanata , so much nicer under its English names of Rabbits' Ears or Saviour's Flannel. There will be white pansies, and white peonies, and white irises with their grey leaves....at least I hope there will be these things.
It may be a terrible failure!"
Vita Sackville-West (1939)
Extract from Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst - The Creation of a Garden by Sarah Raven, wife of Vita's grandson, Adam, with many excerpts from Vita's own writing. Illustrated with over 150 black-and-white photos and twenty-four pages of colour it traces the history of Sissinghurst from the time it was built in the Elizabethan era to the present day with the focus on the 1930's and the transformation achieved by Harold Nicholson's architectural design and the vibrant, romantic planting of Vita Sackville-West. On a more practical note there are separate chapters on climbers, shrubs, flowers for scent etc and what to plant where.
A beautiful book and one for all gardeners to delight in.