Helleborus × hybridus Harvington yellow with dark eye
Lenten rose hellebore
- within 2 weeks
- 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)
The warming yellow flowers of this lovely new variety are just what's called for in the border in late winter and early spring. They will help to illuminate areas of dappled shade, where they will form a carpet at the feet of deciduous trees and shrubs. They can also be used to liven up, and add seasonal colour to potted displays.
- 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.