Plant Library: Helleborus

 

Helleborus common name Lenten is perfect for giving that much-needed colour in your garden at this time of year. Flowering from February to march these pretty perennials, often evergreen and in an array of hues, most with interesting markings are perfect for brightening up the gloomy corners in your garden. Loving partial shade but needing protection from strong, cold winds, they can be left undisturbed to produce expanding clumps of thick glossy green foliage and elegant bowl shaped flowers. Hellebores thrive in well-drained, rich soil but do avoid planting in very dry or waterlogged areas.

 

Varieties to look out for

Orientalis 9cm – £3.50
Stained Glass, Penny’s Pink, Tutu, Anna’s Red 2L and 3L – £11.99