'Gardening is surely an ideal profession
wrote writer and gardener Vita Sackville-West in The Women’s Land Army, published in 1944.
She once defined her approach as “profusion, even extravagance and exuberance, within confines of the utmost linear severity”, and her style is characterised by abundant planting enhanced by self-seeding, a careful shading and blending of colours and a passion for roses, traits which later found echoes in the work of Rosemary Verey, among others. Self-taught, experimental, romantic but also ruthless in her approach, she was the ultimate amateur genius. Her gardening appears quintessentially “English”
Below are some pictures of Sissinghurst in Kent Vita's wonderful garden