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Holehird Gardens in August: 3 things to look out for when you visit:
- The Walled Garden has changed character as the summer has progressed. The cooler colours are still there but the dominant colour palette is now hot! Swathes of dahlias, crocosmias and helenium create a vibrant patchwork of reds and golds. Look out for Dahlia 'Bacardi', a classic pure red.
- Elsewhere in the Gardens, shades of blue provide drama and contrast. The Hydrangea Walk is always one of the highlights of summer at Holehird. Not all varieties have appreciated the dramatic shifts in weather this year (cool, very wet spring followed by hot, dry summer) but many of the blue varieties of H. macrophylla in particular seemed to have thrived on it, among them 'Atlantic'. Look out also for the more delicate H. macrophylla 'Grant's Choice'.
- Staying with the blue theme, the agapanthus border in the paddock has some lovely specimens providing a vista of blue and white. Varieties to spot include 'Morning Star' and the lovely white A. campanulatus var. albidus.