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Holehird Gardens in October
Colour continues to be a big feature of Holehird in October. The trees are increasingly showing their autumn colour, both within the Gardens and in the landscape beyond, while many of the most vibrant herbaceous plants are still going strong.
- The Autumn Border (shown above) is, unsurprisingly, one of the stars at the moment, hosting an amazing variety of plants which peak at this time of year. Look out for the deep reds of Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Fat Domino', and Salvia 'Mirage Cherry Red', alongside the striking Actaea simplex 'Black Negligee', and many grasses. Even ferns have a place here, most strikingly Athyrium niponicum, the Japanese Painted Fern.
- The RHS trial of autumn-flowering gentians up in the paddock will delight all lovers of blue-coloured plants. Most are at their best in September and October, although a few will flower even later. Their low-growing, upright, trumpet-shaped flowers come in all shades of blue, with current stand-out varieties being the sky blue Gentiana 'Margaret', the royal blue G. 'Blue Silk' and, for contrast, the white G. 'Oban'.
- 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' provide colour and texture here, and in many other parts of the Gardens.