The Lenten Rose Helleborus x hybridus is strutting her stuff around the garden with her ‘profusion of perfect plum petals‘. She’s taking advantage of the mild November weather and has certainly pulled off an early winter flower display which will last now until Spring.
All the text books will tell you that these herbaceous perennials are in flower from late winter to late spring………. well this particular unknown variety of Helleborus x hybridus seems to break all the rules. She’s never without buds around ground level at this time of year but never has tall stems and curvy open petals like this. My clumps all grow in soil that is shaded by the midday and afternoon sun and a soil that is full of decomposed leaves ……….. I’ve never claimed to be a tidy gardener!
So if you’re looking for long lasting colour in the garden until Spring I can thoroughly recommend this hardy perennial (Zone 9 to Zone 4 and colder if there is a blanket of snow on top of them). It grows well with Euphorbia, Pulmonaria, Bergenia and Epimedium plus it shouldn’t end up as an early morning breakfast treat as the deer and rabbits avoid it like the plague!
What surprises have you in your garden………. is there a plant makes you want to get into the garden despite the time of year?