Add some hellebores to your outdoor space and you’ll guarantee cheerful flowers in the deep of winter, when most other plants are sleeping. Hellebores thrive in almost any position, from full sun to shade, so anyone can grow them.
Hellebores usually grow in forests, which is why they’re so adaptable. They’re used to making do with whatever level of light they get. They prefer moist conditions, so keep them well watered.
This species, ‘Christmas Carol’, has small white flowers that appear in late winter and keep going into spring. Even when not in flower it adds stylish interest with its dark-green, glossy leaves. Bees love it as it provides pollen in winter.
Aside from watering and a weekly feed when it’s flowering, it requires very little extra care. When new leaves and flowers begin to appear in winter, trim off any old and tired growth. It will help keep your plant looking healthy.
Did you know?
Ancient Greeks and Romans used hellebores to ‘treat’ conditions including paralysis and gout, despite hellebores being poisonous.