Holehird Gardens

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3 things to look out for at Holehird Gardens in April

  1. After an unusually strong showing of early bulbs, particularly snowdrops, in February and March, daffodils are now the focus of attention at Holehird.  The standout feature is undoubtedly the daffodil meadow.  Spanning both sides of the Upper Drive, masses of the native Narcissus pseudonarcissus, create a breathtaking display, which some say is better than ever this year. 
  2. Despite the name, don't miss a visit to the Winter Border, as so many winter favourites last well into April in our northern conditions. Amongst the many varieties of hellebores and pulmonarias (and more daffodils), expect to see some stunning flowering shrubs.  Particularly striking are two varieties of Camellia japonica, the bright pink 'Desire' and the deep red 'Marguerite Gouillon', and two examples of Edgworthia chrysantha.  These are 'Red Dragon' and the lightly-fragranced, yellow-flowered 'Grandiflora'.
  3. Close to both the daffodil meadow and the Winter Border you will find the Winter Heather Bed.  Here varieties of Erica carnea provide a contrasting array of flower and foliage colours throughout late winter and early spring.  Examples to look out for include 'Springwood White', the delicate pink of 'Diana Young' and the vibrant 'Westwood Yellow', with golden foliage offsetting its pale pink flowers.

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