Carol’s top helle­bores

Gardeners' World - - Spring Colour -

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.

Flow­ers Jan-Apr

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.

Flow­ers Jan-Feb

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?

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