Helleborus x Hybridus ‘Spotted Pink’
Helleborus x Hybridus is famed for it’s resilient spring flowers. Adding colour to full shade areas can be difficult, let alone in winter, but gardeners have sought salvation for years by using Hellebores. This garden shade fix has made the various breeds increasingly popular and have won many awards of garden merit as a result.
This particular hybrid, ‘Spotted Pink’ produces fragile light pink to cream flowers which droop over the rubbery leaves. These are formed during late winter and can continue flowering well into spring. Even hard frosts will do little harm to the flower heads, this means that the flowers have a long life even after active flowering has seized.
Slow growers as a species in general. Though since they are evergreen and will remain in physical form throughout their lifespan means that they can grow slowly all year long. Extremely hardy plants, described as fully hardy perennials. Plant out of full sun and avoid exposure to high winds. Soil should be kept moderately watered and fertilised – neither waterlogged nor dry. Apply a layer of mulch in autumn to promote healthy flowering in winter or a general purpose fertiliser. It is recommended to remove older leaves during blooming for a better display and performance with increased flower visibility.
Suitable for planting in sheltered rock gardens, shady borders and under trees. Choose locations with rich, well drained soil. (Caution should be taken around pets and children as all parts of this plant are toxic if eaten!)