Spring is springing, and my hellebores are in full bloom. With the common name of Christmas Rose, or Lenten Rose, unsurprisingly most variations are in flower sometime between Christmas and Easter. They are ideal in shady areas, and their bright faces can enliven a dull sheltered spot. I have some lovely plants in a bed where I can easily see them from the warmth of the house, and it is difficult to say which is my favourite. The almost black Niger is very striking, while Pirouette is covered with masses of veined candy pink flowers, and Ice Breaker has large open, pale green and white flowers.

Which is your favourite?


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