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Helleborus × hybridus 'Double Ellen collection'

hellebore collection

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2+1 FREE collections £44.97 £29.98
2+1 FREE collections £44.97 £29.98
1 collection £20.97 £14.99
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This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: heavy, neutral to alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: February to April
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This hellebore collection includes some unusual and very beautiful cultivars, which will provide valuable colour from midwinter to mid-spring. Originating from woodland and shrubby undergrowth throughout large parts of Europe and Western Asia, these rhizomatous perennials will thrive on soils with a chalk or limestone base where the pH is alkaline or neutral. Hardy and relatively adaptable, they will also cope with a wide range of fertile, humus-rich soils provided they are not too dry or waterlogged. They are happiest in partial shade, but will tolerate full sun if kept well watered.

    In each collection you will receive one plug of each of the following.

  • Helleborus 'Double Ellen Red': Heavily spotted, red-pink flowers and dark green foliage, make these perennials a fine addition to winter-themed containers, especially when under-planted with early spring flowering bulbs. Grows to 35cm.

  • Helleborus 'Double Ellen Purple': The deep purple petals surround a spider-like creamy yellow centre, and the outermost petals often have a smattering of lighter speckles, which add to the overall appeal. Their brooding colouring adds depth to the planting scheme when mixed with softer shades of pink and lilac. Grows to 35cm.

  • Helleborus 'Double Ellen Pink': Large, freckled, nodding or outward-facing flowers are carried on stout, upright stems above the glossy, dark green foliage. Dont be fooled by their dainty appearance as they are pretty tough and resilient. Grows to 35cm.

  • Garden care: Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Cut the old leaves back down to the ground in January or February as this will show off the new emerging flowers to best effect. It will also help to get rid of foliar diseases such as Hellebore leaf spot. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn and provide a top-dressing of general fertiliser each spring. Cut off the seed heads to prevent inferior seedlings colonising.
  • Harmful if eaten/skin irritant
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