Helleborus, the Christmas rose

Helleborus, the Christmas rose

Posted on 17 November, 2017

Cure those late winter blues by planting Hellebores in your garden. 

Hellebores, also known as Lenten or Christmas roses, are aptly named for the time of year that they flower and are perfect for adding some early colour to your garden. These evergreen perennials have toothed leathery leaves and beautiful early blooms which can last up to 8 weeks, making them a welcome addition in December and January; a time when little else is in flower. 

Hellebores are available in virtually all colours but mainly come in whites, pinks and creams. They tolerate a wide range of soils from neutral to acidic; grow well in sun or partial shade; are extremely hardy, and also exhibit a natural resistance to deer, frost and the extremities.

From left to right:
Helleborus 'Charmer', Helleborus 'Sally's Shell', Helleborus 'Cheryl's Shine', Helleborus 'Molly's White'

Hellebores are hardy, relatively pest resistant and will require very little in the way of care.  We recommend adding a layer of well-rotted manure or compost every year in order to encourage the growth of strong roots. Don't worry if you forget though, these plants are extremely forgiving!

Always plant in an area where you will be happy with them for years to come as many varieties will resent being disturbed once they're established. In fact, we recommend planting them high up if you can as they have a tendency to hang their heads and hide their beauty.

The leaves of hellebores can take a long time to decompose (in some cases over a year) so we would recommend not throwing them in the compost.

We have all of the above varieties and more, now available - many of which are fully laden with buds and just about to break into flower. Come and see the full range of these delightfully cheerful winter angels and start to add some easy colour to your garden today.

Not got room outdoors? >> Read our article about Winter houseplant inspiration.