are among the grandest of plants that will flower throughout the winter and there are enough species and hybrids to tempt the most ardent fair-weather gardeners.
Coming from Central and Northern Europe, most Hellebores
are tough old boots and providing the soil is well prepared, and not waterlogged or frozen, I would plant out as soon as possible to enable a long season of active root development.
with spring-flowering bulbs or hardy cyclamen, or team them with epimediums and hardy geraniums in a border.
Although generally speaking hellebores
are not fussy, like most other plants there are still one or two important rules that must be observed.
It boasts many damp and shade-loving plants, including primulas, hellebores
, blue poppies, rhododendrons and ferns, as well as natural springs, a rockery, an orchard, a large paved area and an area specially reserved for five or six acres of bluebells.
Mrs Ward of Kingswinford asked me about growing Hellebores
under newly planted silver birch.
GET CREATIVE: Our first hellebores
are open already and I love the idea of crossing them to make entirely new flowers.
- dainty-looking perennials - are valued for their late winter and spring flowers, often in shades of white and dusky pink, but many have attractive foliage.
ANYONE venturing to open garden events at this time of year should be on the lookout for hellebores
in flower, bringing colour to herbaceous borders or providing contrast to snowdrops and daffodils in woodland settings.
are greedy feeders and so add plenty of organic matter before planting and then mulch with compost twice a year around the planting area but not directly on to the crown of the plant.
Left undisturbed they multiply year after year and make great partners for hellebores
Pulmonaria (Lungwort) These pretty perennials are most at home in the woodland garden, sharing the shade happily with wood anemones, hellebores
prefer to be near the front of a shrub border, protected from winter winds, and thrive in light shade in moisture retentive soil.
prefer to be near the front of the shrub border, protected from the worst of the winter winds by evergreens.
CUT off blackened leaves on hellebores
as they are likely to be harbouring the hellebore