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Plant of the Month – January. Hellebore

Plant of the Month - January

Hellebore

Introduction

Hellebore, also known as Christmas Rose or Lenten Rose, is a captivating and resilient flower that thrives during the winter months. With its delicate blooms and dark green foliage, this plant adds colour and interest to gardens blooming well into the Spring. 

Characteristics

Hellebores are known for their compact shape – growing to around 30-45cm in height. The elegant, cup-shaped flowers can come in a range of colours including white, pink, deep purple, and burgundy. One of the most striking features is that they often have a lovely, delicate pattern or speckles on their petals.

Even during the harsh winter months, when most plants lose their leaves, hellebores retain their dark green, leathery leaves. This makes them an excellent choice for providing year-round interest in the garden.

Care

Hellebores can withstand freezing temperatures. They are often one of the first plants to bloom in the early spring, sometimes even pushing through the snow. Additionally, they do well in shady areas, making them ideal for creating beautiful displays in woodland gardens.

Preferring well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH, they can be planted in containers or straight into the ground.

Plant them in early spring, ensuring the crown of the plant is slightly above the soil level. Hellebores prefer evenly moist soil but are drought-tolerant once established. Water regularly during dry spells and avoid overwatering, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot. Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as compost or leaf mould, around the base of the plant to help retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth. Remove any damaged or yellowing leaves in early spring to maintain the plant’s overall health and appearance.

Conclusion

Hellebores are truly exceptional flowers, defying the winter chill with their enchanting blooms. Whether used as a focal point or as part of a woodland garden, the diverse range of hellebore varieties can bring beauty, elegance, and a touch of magic to gardens even during the coldest months of the year.

Stand out varieties in stock

·         Jesko £9.99, a bright white flower

·         Winter Ballet £14.99, a creamy pink colour

·         Ice N Roses Red Romance £19.99, a deep purple flower