Holehird Gardens

Home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society

Holehird Gardens in December: 3 things to look out for when you visit:

  1. The trees have lost most of their colour by now but there is still plenty elsewhere if you look closely.  The Grasses Bed presents a wonderful patchwork of colour, shape and texture at the moment.  Lovely examples include the multicoloured Panicum virgatum 'Squaw' (pictured) and the lighter-coloured Miscanthus sinensis 'Yaku-jima'.  All the grasses add an extra dimension to the garden as they move gracefully in the wind.
  2. We are still being surprised by plants performing beyond expectations for this time of year.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the Winter Bed.  The area around the stump of the old sycamore is filling out nicely now, and is home to some very  unusual combinations - abundant heucheras (including 2 rich, dark varieties, H. Indian Summer and H. Dark Secret), hellebores flowering alongside crocosmias, and even the odd primula.  With the spring bulbs already peeking through, there may yet be more unusual partnerships to surprise and delight us.
  3. The central display in the Walled Garden Display House now highlights succulent plants.  Look out for Aeonium canariensis and Euphorbia cristata among many interesting examples.  As we enter our second winter in the Display House, we are benefitting from an increased knowledge about which plants adapt best to the environment.  Shading was added in the summer and the watering regime has been adapted to accommodate the needs of different plants.  As gardeners, we never stop learning!

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