Hellebores or winter roses are definitely one of my favourites!
The onset of some cooler weather and some cooler nights encourage hellebores to put on some new growth which foretells an exciting flowering season on the horizon! Hellebores are definitely one of the stars of a winter garden when few other plants are in flower.
The old fashioned hellebores bloom face down whilst the new varieties are more upright. They look amazing in garden beds with other perennials, woodland plants or winter flowering shrubs, especially when mass planted.
There are different colour palettes to choose from. It ranges from pastels to striking purples and yellows to broody but wonderful black!
The growth cycle of Hellebores is the opposite of many plants. Autumn is the perfect time to plant Hellebores as they will grow away nicely into Winter and into Spring.
Pros of having them
- Winter flowering and colour
- Good for pots and cut flowers for flower arrangements
- Tolerant of most soil types (except sandy soils or overly wet/soggy conditions). They thrive in soils with plenty of organic matter
- Tolerates most pH conditions
- Tolerates dry spells when established
- Woodland planting/suitable for dry shade – which means that they will cover the boring spot under a tree!
- Easy to mix up – try pairing them with other type of woodland plants e.g. Cyclamens, Epimediums and Dicentras and other winter flowering shrubs like Camelias and Hydrangeas
- Low maintenance – need the occasional (organic spray if possible) to deter aphids in spring (or warm weather), mulching in spring and summer and pruning in early autumn (when new growth appears), feeding in mid autumn (generally) with any type of complete fertiliser
What not to do with Hellebores:
- Plant them in full sun as a general rule, although they do need a little sun to flower at their best!
- Over water – make sure that are well watered but do not leave them soggy as that could induce rot. They do not also grow well in sandy soils
- Plant them where it is too humid
- Plant them in a constricted space as they grow better in large containers and some garden space as they will naturalise over time
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