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Holehird Gardens in July: 3 things to look out for when you visit:
- Roses are thriving in the exceptionally fine weather we have had this summer. The main rose beds have a fine display of shrub roses among which R. 'Frilly Cuff', a deep red colour with a delicate fragrance, and the stunning white R. 'Macmillan Nurse' are favourites. Elsewhere there are abundant displays of climbing roses around the car park perimeter and the pergola outside Visitor Information, with still more varieties in the walled garden. And people say you can't grow roses in the Lake District!
- The Walled Garden is always riot of colour and interest in summer. Take time to explore the West Side Border which has, amongst other delights, a lovely collection of some more unusual alliums in many different colours and forms. Allium multibulbosum pictured above is just one of many interesting plants.
- And for a real stunner, it's worth the walk down to the Lower Terrace to see Cardiocrinum giganteum. These 2 metre tall giant lilies can take up to 7 years to flower and die after they have flowered. The Holehird propagators are always ready with a succession of young plants to replace them for future years. This spectacular plant looks better than ever this year.