Hellebore flowers in Winter or Spring
– may still be viewed in all their glory at Hadlow College, near Tonbridge, Kent in the Broadview Gardens and also purchased at their Broadview Garden Centre. These colourful perennials bring much needed colour and interest into the garden from mid winter to late spring and are best grown alongside bulbs such as snowdrops, dwarf daffodils and Iris reticulata species creating a wonderful colourful display.
Helleborus orientalis comes in various shades of pink and white and often has delicate spots inside. The old evergreen foliage is best removed during the winter so when the flowers open their beauty is fully appreciated. The new young foliage will be found at the base of the plant and will spring up once the flowers have faded.
Helleborus niger sometimes referred to as the ‘Christmas rose’ is often the first Hellebore to flower with its pure white flowers. Helleborus foetidus, H. sternii and H. argutifolia are hellebores with hues of green, generally dark green leaves and pale lime green flowers that look great mixed in between the coloured Hellebores.