The English Country Garden



The Garden at Great Dixter in East Sussex. Watercolour 12 inches by 9.

Hi Everyone

It is well know fact that we English people do love our gardens. Maybe its our generally pleasant, moderate climate, or just our love of things in an ordered way, but gardening is a big thing in the UK.

The Cottage border is just one of the things gardeners love to plant and we are lucky in the South East of England to have some very fine gardens to visit and enjoy. They provide the stimulus to improve our own gardens too, although their beauty is a bit beyond most home gardens.

Two amongst the very best in the South East of England are Great Dixter in E.ast Sussex and Sissinghurst in Kent.

Both can be visited throughout the year but in Summer they are really magnificent with wonderful planting and colours.

In each case there is also fine house to look around too but it is the Cottage Borders that are the really great thing about these gardens.

This post has only 2 paintings, one of Sissinghurst painted a couple of years ago and a new painting of Great Dixter.

I do hope you will like them and if you have the chance to visit either then do so!

Sissinghurst gardens

The Garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent. Watercolour 10 by 7 inches.

Happy travelling


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About brianswatercolours

After spending 40 years in Aerospace I now enjoy painting watercolours of our travels around the world. I also paint for others who would like reminders of there favourite places. Most of my paintings are painted from photos that I have taken, or taken by others. This blog shows some paintings from Yvonne's and my travels together. Have look at my other Blog

Posted on July 11, 2016, in England, Kent in the UK, Paintings from our travels, Watercolours and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hi Brian, We are traveling from Canada to Kent in September to visit friends and do some touring around. I am hoping that we can fit in a visit to at least one of the two places you mention in your post. Our last time in Kent was delightful but all to0 short so this time we are hoping to see more of this lovely area.

  2. Your paintings are wonderful as usual, and your writing makes me want to visit these places! Even here, an “English country garden” is something that is sought after. I’d love to see them in person!

  3. Hi Brian, Hope you and Yvonne have enjoyed a wonderful summer; we are at the end of the hottest summer on record in our area and will be happy to welcome fall, our favorite time of year.

    Thanks for forwarding your most recent post; the Great Dixter and Sissinghurst watercolours are really beautiful as well as the travel blog attached. I love reading your travel logs as I scroll through the paintings.

    Dean and I are enjoying our “happy wall” , it is fresh and colorful and your paintings make us happy.

    Love, Annette

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