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Holehird Gardens in September
September is a colourful month at Holehird. The trees are beginning to take on their autumn colour but the most vibrant display is yet to come. For now the eye is drawn to the strong colours still showing among the herbaceous plants.
- The Walled Garden sees the strongest concentration of colour, with many varieties of dahlia now at their best, alongside favourites such as Crocosmia 'Limpopo', Helenium 'Mardi Gras' and Rudbeckia 'Deamii'. It's not all about hot-coloured flowers, though. The deep purple stems of Actea simplex 'James Compton' and the more delicate Thalictrum delavayi also play their part. Grasses such as Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fontane' (pictured above) provide colour and texture.
- The RHS trial of autumn-flowering gentians up in the paddock will delight all lovers of blue-coloured plants. Their low-growing, upright, trumpet-shaped flowers come in all shades of blue, from the vibrant 'Balmoral' to sky-blue 'Strathmore', along with a few white varieties. Most are at their best in September and October, although a few will flower even later.
- For a surprising range of colour, visit the Hydrangea Walk. Varieties like H. paniculata 'Everest' and H. paniculata 'Pink Diamond' continue to display their true colours but many of the deeper-coloured varieties in particular have started to fade, often creating an astonishing array of colours all on the same plant. H. macrophylla 'All Summer Beauty' displays surprising shades of green as the blooms fade, whilst the darkening foliage of H. macrophylla 'Koningin Wilhelmina' provides yet more interest.