This amazing genus of plants brings a real wow factor to the winter garden. What more could you ask of a plant, evergreen, fantastic flowers that go on for what seems to be forever, low maintenance?
A few tips for successful growing
Hellebores prefer to grow in rich, well-drained soil in dappled shade. Avoid planting in very dry or waterlogged soil. Provide shelter from strong, cold winds. An annual mulch with leaf mould, chipped bark or other organic matter in autumn will ensure your Hellebore will be successful.
In early spring apply a general-purpose fertiliser, such as growmore or, blood fish & bone, at 50-70g per square metre (1½-2 oz per square yard). Hellebores benefit from a regular feed of high potassium fertiliser such as tomato feed, to encourage blooms.
Varieties to look for
Angel Glow Pink buds open to frosty pink flowers that slowly deepen to green and deep pink tones. Foliage is a frosty bluish-green.
Oriental Red Lady Nodding, 2″ cup-shaped blooms are impressive with their intensely rich red colour
Pink Beauty A low evergreen clump forming variety of dark-green leaves mottled with silver. In late winter and early spring stems rise taller, bearing big cup-shaped blooms of soft-pink edged ivory green.
Pirouette with showy cup-shaped blooms. This strain has pink buds that open to white flowers tinged pink, maturing to deeper pink. Foliage is blue-green.
Ruby Glow dark green leaves with prominent silver-grey veins and outward-facing, saucer shaped pale pink to deep rose-pink flowers from late winter to mid-spring.
Tutu is famed for its elegant semi-double pink-purple blooms with delicate ruffled centres.
Winter Sunshine Large, outfacing, single white flowers, held high above the foliage, appear in early spring and gradually age to pink and red.