Sue, I have never had the pleasure of visiting Sissinghurst but can say Vita's choices of color schemes and plant material have been an inspiration to me, if only through books. Thanks for the reminder of that inspiration. Another DG member mentioned Gertrude Jekyll as another influence, and I would second that. Then there is Christopher Lloyd, the "curmudgeon" (my words) of Great Dexter. I think there is nothing wrong with holding strict opinions, as long as you realize you may be in the minority. I don't imagine he cared about that.
My question is: Who is taking their places now in garden design?
Thanks, Knophofia (another plant I love that is often neglected). Your response sent me ASAP to the Web. I take it Alnwick is a work is progress, so if you are near there, it must be interesting to watch the development. As for Piet Oudorf, I had forgotten he planned one of the most interesting recent developments in New York City - the High Line. An elevated and abandoned railroad bed has been turned into an extended walkway (landscaped) from the now trendy (?) meat-packing district northward. It was only partially completed when I took visitors last year, but it was stunning. For any garden lover visiting NY, I recommend it - and it's free.
Also thank you for gently reminding me that Christopher Lloyd oversaw Great Dixter, not Great Dexter, as I originally mistyped it. Glad to see his legacy appears to be in good hands.