Garden Design and Consultancy

Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger

'Christmas Rose' or Helleborus niger is an ideal plant for dappled shade and flowers from November through to March. There is always a plant flowering at some time of the year and those that offer up their blooms during the short, cold days of winter are especially welcome. Make room in that odd corner for these super plants with their deep green leaves and single nodding flowers. The flowers are normally white, but some new hybrids offer light pink or red colouring. I have a whole bed of small Hellebores among ferns and spring flowering bulbs that offer interest right through winter and spring. Make some room for a plant the RHS have given an Award of Garden Merit.