The Cottage garden and Azalea Bank at Sissinghurst were ablaze with color when I visited last week with the Best of English Gardens Tour. The palate of the Cottage Garden tends toward the hot spectrum and late May was no exception.
The central feature of the Cottage Garden is four large Irish yews. The yews are not perfectly upright, adding to a more informal feel to the garden.
Columbines were a prominent feature to the garden.
Seed is collected for the best coloring of this unnamed variety each year.
Wall flowers burnt brightly in the drizzle the day I was at Sissinghurst.
Apparently Harold Nicholson was not a big fan of azaleas and felt they were too suburban. Vita Sackville-West often won the debate over which plants made their way into the garden and the hot-colored azaleas were no exception and remain a feature in the Moat Walk.
Tulipa sprengeri was well-represented in many of the gardens we visited and made a worthy companion to the peeling bark of Acer griseum.