Scottish Daily Mail



IF YOU fancy a change from standard hellebores, try Helleborus torquatus. The nodding saucer-shaped flowers open in February and should still be attractive for Easter. Rich soil in part shade will suit this winter beauty best. This is a variable species, so it’s wise to select your plant when in bloom. On the best forms, the flowers are deep violet-black with startling green interiors and cream stamens. Unlike perennials, which need regular dividing, hellebores thrive on neglect. My oldest specimen, untouched for 11 years, flowers riotously.

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