Helleborus × hybridus Harvington double white speckled
Lenten rose hellebore
- available to order from autumn
- 2 litre pot
- Standard £4.95
This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: heavy, neutral to alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: February to April
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need protection in winter)
Pink-flushed, white flowers that are attractively freckled with maroon, appear from late winter. Perfect for adding colour to the woodland floor, or for adding early interest to the front of a mixed border, hellebores are in flower at a time of the year when little else is. This means that not only do they add interest to the garden, they also provide a valuable source of nectar to foraging insects.
- Garden care: Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Cut the old leaves back down to the ground in January or February as this will show off the new emerging flowers to best effect. It will also help to get rid of foliar diseases such as Hellebore leaf spot. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn and provide a top-dressing of general fertiliser each spring. Cut off the seed heads to prevent inferior seedlings colonising.