FILL THAT SHADE WITH COLOUR
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