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Things to look out for at Holehird Gardens in the Summer

Every season has lots to see here at Holehird Gardens, there is so much in the Summer that it is difficult to choose what not to miss!

Not only will you see our band of volunteers working, weeding and watering in the gardens, there are wardens welcoming all our visitors. Summer sees the walled garden at its best, with carefully chosen planting selected for continuous colour and interest throughout the summer months.  Particularly notable are the masses of dahlias which grace the island beds.  The patio area is a suntrap where visitors can sit and admire the repeated planting of the terrace pots, the alpine beds and troughs and enjoy the scent from the herb beds.

Beyond the walled garden, the Davidia bed contains a huge variety of hostas of all sizes and shades of green, interspersed with daylilies and alliums to add height and colour. There are small and miniature hostas to seek out, look for the new Hosta ‘Mouse Series’ in the plant theatre. On the opposite side of the drive, the National Collection of Astilbe is a frothy mass of all shades of pink, lilac and white from early summer onwards.  Later in the season, the National Collection of Daboecia, summer-flowering heathers, come into flower, at their best from August to October.

Roses are considered to be difficult plants to grow in the Lake District but those at Holehird have been chosen especially for their ability to withstand the sometimes challenging climate.  The Buddleja bed at the front of Holehird House is sure to be a magnet for butterflies throughout the summer.

Primulas, found in all the damp areas of the gardens but particularly on the lower terrace and alongside the Cascade, are generally at their best in early summer.  The 2metre tall cardocrinum lilies, at the back of the primula bed are an unexpected highlight. 

One of the glories of Holehird in summer is the Hydrangea Walk, with around 200 species and hybrids selected for their suitability for our damp, northern climate.  There are picnic benches here to enjoy the mountain views too.

Our volunteers hope you all enjoy the gardens this summer as much as they do. We would really appreciate if you would consider voting for us as your RHS ‘Feel Good’ Garden of the Year 2022 (Click here). 

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