Grow your own col­lec­tion

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When buy­ing hy­brid helle­bores, choose them when in flower, to be cer­tain of their colour and form. Buy species or veg­e­ta­tively raised plants (those prop­a­gated by di­vi­sion or mi­cro-prop­a­ga­tion) to achieve con­sis­tency

Helle­bore hybrids are tough and tol­er­ate both drought and shade. They flower best in full win­ter sun, which en­hances their colours. In drier ar­eas, some dap­pled sum­mer shade may be useful

Helle­bores grow well in most soils, but thrive in deep, humus-rich loams with mois­ture deep down, but they do badly in wa­ter­logged soils and high hu­mid­ity. In such cases, raised beds are best. Mulching with well-rot­ted ma­nure and leaf mould pro­duces big­ger and more abun­dant flow­ers

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