Hellebores are a must-have perennial during the colder seasons where often our gardens can look particularly colourless and dull, plus they are hardy and low-maintenance. Some varieties of Hellebores even start to flower as early as October or November and are able to remain unaffected by severe cold and snow to delight us through the year’s darkest days. With others blooming in late winter and continuing to flower well into Spring, alongside the daffodils and tulips to welcome warmer days.
When choosing your Hellebores, make sure to check the individual care instructions on our website to ensure that you care for your plants correctly. We also like this really helpful guide about planting, maintaining and growing your Hellebores on the RHS website.
Our Hellebores are grown in-house at our Herefordshire nursery. The Hellebores we produce are a range of famed Hellebore varieties consisting of the celebrated Christmas Rose, Snow Rose, Ice N’ Roses® and Lenten Rose varieties, collectively known as the Helleborus Gold Collection®.
Christmas Roses produce dazzling white flowers throughout winter which are fully hardy, easy to care for and evergreen as well as being long-lived perennials. They are able to withstand cold spells and snow so they are perfect for your garden, either planted in winter bedding displays or into containers for balconies, terraces or entrance areas – any of those places where you would usually have summer flowers. Overall, Christmas Roses are very easy to care for and prefer semi-shaded spaces in your garden.
Top tip – To avoid frost drought, water frequently during periods of mild weather.
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Snow Roses are a beautiful hybrid of the Christmas Rose and a Helleborus species from the Mediterranean. Some of these Mediterranean Hellebores include the Corsican Hellebore and the Balearic, or Blue-Grey, Hellebore which are named after their native areas. As Snow Roses are a hybrid flower they naturally have characteristics from each parent plant. From the Christmas Rose, Snow Roses have resistance against severe cold and snow, whilst the Mediterranean Hellebores also the plant to cope with the heat and the sun.
Some of the multi-diverse Snow Rose varieties liven up winter gardens with delicate hues ranging from white and cream to dusky pink and cinnamon from as early as November onwards. The Snow Roses from the Ice N’ Roses® series create flowering accents in purple or raspberry red and other colours even into April. After the flowering season has ended, the bold foliage serves as a structural highlight in the garden for the rest of the year.
- Ideal for plantings in containers for balconies and terraces
- Hardy, extra robust, evergreen perennial
- White, greenish, pink or purple flowers
- Flowers from November onwards
- Thrives also in sunny spots in the garden
- Low-maintenance, easy to please and vigorous garden plant
Top tip – In the summer, you want to move the planter to a shady place and water it occasionally to prevent the plant from drying out.
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The new sensational winter bloomers Ice N’ Roses® (Helleborus x glandorfensis) combine the early flowers of Christmas Roses (Helleborus niger) with the multiple colours of Lenten Roses and the robust nature of Snow Roses. Ice N’ Roses® produce their magnificent flowers tirelessly from late Autumn, well into April. These gorgeous Ice N’ Roses® should not be missing in any garden and are perfect for use in large containers for balconies and terraces, thriving in sun or shaded spots. Ice N’ Roses® key facts:
- White, pink, red and even bicoloured flowers
- Extra-large, upright flowers
- Bred for its exceptional garden performance, flowering profusely for months on end
- Thrives also in sunny spaces in the garden
- Low-maintenance, vigorous garden plant, also suited for large planters
Top tip – Helleborus plants do not require any fertiliser in their first spring. Feed older plants from February onwards and apply a second dressing of fertiliser in midsummer, when the plants grow new roots and initiate flower buds for the next season.
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Helleborus x Lemperii Hellebores owe their beauty to the fact that they are crosses between the Lenten Roses (Helleborus x hybridus) and Christmas Roses (Helleborus niger).
Helleborus x Lemperii key facts:
- Low maintenance garden plants which are also suited for large planters.
- A vast diversity of flower colours
- Very floriferous within a long flowering period.
- Big upright, showy flowers and strong stems.
Top tip – The leaves that have fallen off nearby deciduous trees provide a layer of mulch in winter; simply leave them lying on the ground.
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