helleborus and cornus RHS Rosemoor Spring 2013

Ok…… I LOVE hellebores! (Plant Profile: Helleborus / RHS Rosemoor Blog)

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Ok…… I LOVE hellebores! (Plant Profile: Helleborus / RHS Rosemoor Blog) Ok…… I LOVE hellebores! (Plant Profile: Helleborus / RHS Rosemoor Blog) Ok…… I LOVE hellebores! (Plant Profile: Helleborus / RHS Rosemoor Blog) Ok…… I LOVE hellebores! (Plant Profile: Helleborus / RHS Rosemoor Blog) Ok…… I LOVE hellebores! (Plant Profile: Helleborus / RHS Rosemoor Blog)

I recently wrote a post for February Plant of the Month, when I confessed that hellebores don’t always do it for me.   I sometimes find them a bit dowdy, and shy, with their nodding heads, and subtle blooms.  I think this (below) was the image I had in mind…..

…..although a recent trip to RHS Rosemoor has so turned me on to hellebores, that I am even seeing the gentle appeal of this collection of pale beauties.

Sometimes I admit they look lovely in isolation, but I did find a fabulous piece of planting at Rosemoor that I think shows them at their absolute best.  And proves that you needn’t be shy of trying a more contemporary plant combination than the traditional shady border.  See them here growing with grasses, scilla siberica and leucothoe scarletta at the foot of a group of white stemmed betula.

Here is a collection of some of the best pinks and purples, with an almost black making a nice contrast.

 

And a beautiful group of yellow hybrids, picking up the creamy buds of a nearby rhododendron, and looking really good with the contrasting foliage of a red-leaved bergenia.  I do hope the anemone blanda multiplies… that would lift the composition even further.

 

Creamy white helleborus x hybridus with dark speckles, beautifully set off by a skeletal winter tree behind.

 

Helleborus argutifolius (syn. Helleborus corsicus, the Corsican hellebore).  A very effective evergreen, which has a very smart winter look, and works well growing at the edge of a border (as here at Rosemoor) or amongst rocks.

 

Helleborus x hybridus with the winter sun behind.

All photos taken at RHS Rosemoor March 2013 and copyright Sophie Dixon.  Please contact us for enquiries.

 

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