We really love using Hellebores, although we can understand why some of you may not think they are really stunning plants. But we use them because they are such solid performers;
- They are rarely eaten by bugs and slugs – which is good
- They don’t misbehave by flopping and drooping (until they have finished flowering)
- They have interesting shaped evergreen leaves
- Best of all you get flowers in the winter, which are a vital lifeline to early foraging insects.
There are many varieties of Hellebore, so you can have lots of varieties in the garden but not all of them are worthwhile having. Yes, some of the double flowered varieties may look more visually attractive, but that’s all they do – look attractive.
Double flower’s tend to be very insect unfriendly, so imagine that little bee, hungry and looking for flowers to feed from in early spring – it finds one and then can’t get in!
So buy the single open flowered varieties and you will have a pretty flower that serves a purpose too.
Lastly, as the bees flock to these in spring, they will cross pollinate your hellebores, which means anything that self seeds won’t look quite the same as what you originally planted. If you don’t mind, great, if you do mind, then cut off the seeds heads before they drop their seeds.
We’ve used Hellebores in: