Carol’s top hellebores
1 Helleborus viridis A dainty plant with green chalicelike flowers surrounded by dark foliage. Give it good drainage, an open site and a helping of lime.
HxS 30cm x 30cm
2 H. niger Though a well-loved garden plant, even skilled gardeners have trouble in persuading it to settle. Prefers thin soils and a light feed.
HxS 30cm x 45cm
3 H. ‘Penny’s Pink’
Wonderful cross using H. x ericsmithii as one of the parents. Bold plants with striking marbled foliage. Flowers Feb-Apr HxS 30cm x 30cm
4 H. argutifolius
The Corsican hellebore. A big, bold plant with several flower stems each bearing an imposing cluster of large apple-green flowers. Flowers Jan-April HxS 50cm x 90cm
5 H. foetidis Wester Flisk Group
A selection from our native ‘stinking hellebore’. Reddish stems, glaucous foliage and pale globose flowers sometimes with a red rim. Flowers Feb-May HxS 50cm x 60cm
6 H. Ashwood Garden hybrids
Robust yet elegant, these come in a host of colours and forms, with pure flower colours retained over a long period. Flowers Jan-Apr HxS 30cm x 30cm
There have been attempts to breed hellebores with flowers that face upwards. Why?