My hellebore heaven

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Helleborus. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

The weather has been kind these past few days and the spring flowers are really coming on. I spent a couple of hours in the garden yesterday afternoon and was delighted to see that all 4 varieties of hellebore are now in full bloom. Hidden away in different parts of the garden, they don’t stand out from a distance, but when you get up close, they are magnificent and unlike anything else in the garden at this time of year.

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Dark purple-red bloom. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

I don’t know the names of any of the hellebore in the garden, but I do know that the plants are hardy, evergreen and deciduous, and they bring dramatic colour and structure to the borders in early spring, just when I’m wondering whether there will ever be life in the garden again. The large blooms last around 4 to 6 weeks and then they will fade gracefully into the foliage, leaving the glossy, bold leaves behind for another year.

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Light purple with a ruffled centre. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

Helleborus grow well in the shade or partial shade, and they like moist soil; they are a perfect plant for the Scottish climate. All mine are growing beside walls or fences. New plants take a couple of years to get established, and once they are embedded, they don’t like being moved, although you can divide clumps in the autumn.

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A white variety with a hint of green. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

Best of all, Helleborus are a low maintenance plant. Once they have flowered, just remove any fading foliage; give the plants a mulch, and allow them to hunker down for another year.

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A group of white, burgundy-speckled, Helleborus. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

3 thoughts on “My hellebore heaven

  1. Once again, I had to share your beautiful photos of your flowers with my husband. I love the white kind with purple freckles. We have one small white plant in our garden but it may need to be moved; it is in a shaded spot most of the time.

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    1. Thank you Joelle. I agree, that one is my favourite too. With regards to your plant, shade is perfect but you do need to keep the soil damp so mulching is a good option if the climate is drier. From experience, if newly planted, a hellebore will take 3 or 4 years to develop more than 1 flower stem . The large burgundy hellebore and the white/burgundy plants have been in the garden for over 13 years!

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