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Holehird Gardens in November - 3 things to look out for when you visit:
- Autumn colour lingers well into November at Holehird. Leaves may be falling but the colourful foliage still delights whether framing the view of the surrounding hills or forming a colourful carpet underfoot. Brightly coloured berries are also prominent this year. The Holly Bed next to the viewpoint has wonderful specimens ranging from red, of course, through yellow and black.
- Next to the Holly Bed, the Grasses Bed offers a surprising range of colour, shape and texture at this time of year. On a sunny autumn day, highlights of contrasting gold and silver are seen in plants such as Miscanthus sinensis 'Yaku-jima' while closer inspection reveals deeper greens and reds in specimens such as Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'.
- While other parts of the garden are preparing for winter, the National Collection of polystichum ferns continues to thrive. These soft-shield ferns are wintergreen, which means this year's fronds only die back after next year's have appeared, providing year-round interest. In the main fern border, planting is in raised banks, mimicking the conditions in which they grow in the wild. Look out for polystichum x dycei, easy to identify by its gold label highlighting it as one of the plants chosen by the Holehird volunteers to feature in our 50th anniversary publication "Gardeners' Choice".