Commonly known as the Lenten rose or Christmas rose these stunning plants are the first signs that spring is on the way.

They produce masses of flower in a range of colours from whites, pinks, purples, to deep dark reds. They flower from early February to the end of April.

They can be used in a mixed semi-shaded or woodland border but are also happy in a pot on the terrace.

Hellebores are a good nectar source for our friendly pollinators as they are in flower when not much else is at the start of the year.

Except for Helleborus argutifolius and Helleborus foetidus , mature  plants can be divided after flowering to make new plants.

They are tough cookies and easy to look after. In late spring remove older leaves from the base of the plant. Cutback the flowering stems after they have withered at the end April. Feeding should be done after they have finished flowering, we recommend two to three separate doses of liquid Maxicrop sequestered iron, if you want to boost flowers for the following year then also feed with a tomato fertiliser which is high in potassium.

Now is the time to collar your Hellebore as they are in flower and you can select your favourite flowers.

Adam Plant Guru Alexandra Palace Garden Centre

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