Hellebores are absolutely stunning flowers. They are actually my favourite winter plant and there are so many different varieties that it is hard to choose one to focus on more. This is why I have chosen them as the final element of our week-by-week January planting plan.
Add them to the snowdrops, blue glass and viburnum that we have already placed over the last three weeks, to complete the scheme.
The type I chose is visually quite close to the Hellebore niger, the original Hellebore which is white. This particular one has the added bonus of small flecks of dusty rose in the flowers. This tiny touch of colour is really lovely. Hellebores are such a versatile plant as they are the stars of the show at this time of the year and yet throughout all seasons they provide a strong architectural backdrop for any border. Hellebores are fantastic planted in any shady or semi-shady corner but they even do amazingly well in direct sun in my garden. Arrange them in the planting plan at the points marked 1, 2 and 3 below.
I love how some of the flowers on these particular variety change as it matures. So on any one plant you can find yellows, lime greens and white with a rose glow. Every spring I fall in love with my Hellebores again. For those with just a patio or balcony, you can also place them in a creative planter such as a wine box as I have done (pictured left).
This week's PLANT IN FOCUS:
Helleborus x ballardiae
Care: Once established the Hellebore (pictured right) is a super easy plant to look after. Just remove any dead faded or damaged foliage as the flowers appear. A good mulch in Autumn and provide shelter from strong winds.
These plants are available from all Homeland stores and homeland.ie
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