FILL THAT SHADE WITH COLOUR

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | GARDEN - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS

You can add gor­geous win­ter colour to low-light ar­eas in your gar­den with helle­bores. Also known as ‘win­ter roses’, they are per­fect for full to partly shaded spots such as un­der­neath the canopies of trees or in a pot on a shady pa­tio.

They are a de­light dur­ing the cooler months of the year, putting on a pro­lific dis­play of large, bell-shaped flow­ers right through­out win­ter and into early spring.

Helle­bore Charmer (pic­tured above) is a spec­tac­u­lar ex­am­ple from Plant Grow­ers Aus­tralia. It has masses of delicately mot­tled bur­gundy-red flow­ers that sit neatly above the lush green fo­liage.

It has a smaller and more com­pact habit than other helle­bores and grows to about 30cm high and 50cm wide.

Charmer will flower for many months and looks won­der­ful when massed in a shady gar­den bed or grown in a dec­o­ra­tive con­tainer and dis­played in a shel­tered out­door en­ter­tain­ing area.

You can even bring potted Charmer in­doors for a few days at a time to show off the flow­ers. Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates. Photo sup­plied by Plant Grow­ers Aus­tralia, www.pga.com.au

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