This is a garden book that might well drive strong men to weep--with joy, and frustration perhaps at now owning castle grounds in order to reconstruct the creations of the late British author. Illustrated with photographs of breathtaking vistas and details of the flora of Sissinghurst in Kent, this is an exquisitely appreciative and stimulating go at personal experiences, informative trial-and-error experiments, and creative notions about gardening. A lawn of thyme (purple and red like a Persian carpet); horizontal clematis on a trellis; the use of cracks and crevices. Sweet Woodruff as a useful carpeter--are a small sampling of the author's discretion and aesthetic sense which determined the lovely gardens of Sissingham. Blocked out according to seasonal activities, elegant, exuberant, useful, this is the gardener's Utopia.