A few more Hellebores…

Just a few more Hellebores, and one Camellia, and just because ...

Hellebored? Not me ….

Flowers to brighten these chill darker days are an invaluable commodity in the garden, and few are more welcome nor so colourful as the Hellebore. There is the myriad variety of colours and flower forms of the Lenten Rose (Hellebore hybridus), bold architectural foliage and flower of the Corsican Hellebore (H. argutifolius), and Christmas rose hybrids…

Hellebores for a New Year

  A picture gallery - well there are going to be a few of them, cataloguing my visit to the gardens at RHS Wisley yesterday morning. Proof, if it were needed, that these are not the dullest, least colourful or interesting times in the garden. In fact I couldn't say when those times might actually…

Spotlight on Harvington Rebekah and Walberton’s Rosemary – and nigh on 50 more Hellebores…

Hellebore Harvington Hybrid Rebekah at the Plant Centre, RHS Wisley, today. and another variety also looking rather superb today on my travels, Walberton's Rosemary But let's not rest on our laurels - there are rather more than two hellebores to tempt, delight and enrapture.... Here's a complete catalogue of the Hellebores on sale at RHS…

did someone mention Hellebores?

I called into the plant centre at RHS Wisley - for me almost as interesting as some of the gardens! - and of course the hellebores caught my eye. Anna's Red and Penny's Pink, naturally. Walberton's Rosemary, which is planted to such good effect in the raised bed just as you enter the gardens from…

Anna’s Red and Penny’s Pink

Hellebore Anna's Red - my favourite, a statuesque crown of flowers on long richly coloured stems and more outward facing blooms (not so shy as many other nodding varieties!) Hellebore Penny's Pink Two recent introductions from the plant breeder Rodney Davey. I've said much about these plants and their rich colours. Anna is Anna Pavord,…

Anna’s Red, Candy Love & Angel Glow…. more Hellebores!

The deeply luminous Hellebore Anna's Red - big plants with big flowers and all in a rich ruby red. The cultivar is only a few years old but specimens bulk up nicely, with outward facing and nodding flowers held on tall stems. A real star and a favourite of mine, ever since I saw it…

Hellebore Heaven – Penny’s Pink and Pirouette

The seasons begin their shift towards Spring - isn't it noticeably lighter, later, already - and Hellebores will be coming to the fore. Certainly a plant that can be the subject of (more than) a mild addiction. Penny's Pink Plant breeder Rodney Davey gives us this beauty - Penny's Pink - and another (my favourite)…

Hellebore Anna’s Red

Anna's Red, a superb new introduction from Devon based nurseryman Rodney Davey, named for Anna Pavord. Rich colouring, great contrast, pearly sheen to new buds and pink colouration to marbling on new foliage, fading to cream. Large blooms, outward facing or slightly nodding. A delight and the fruit of twelve years of work by this…