modest hellebores

cloud8cloud8 Posts: 101

Hi, can you grow a hellebore in a hanging basket?  It would be nice to see their flowers without having to lift them up each time.

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  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    In my experience hellebores are quite deep rooted, and do like a moistish soil, so I'd be doubtful if they'd be happy in a hanging basket. I quite like snipping off a few blooms and floating them in a bowl of water indoors. And I believe there are some new cultivars which don't have such droopy heads, which might be worth searching out.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,675

    I agree.  They don't like root disturbance either so are best planted out and then left in situ for a few years.    You could try growing them in a raised bed or large trough to reduce the bending but I find most of mine show off their flowers quite well especially after I've pruned out the old and tatty foliage once flowering starts. 

    The Vendée, France
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

     I can't see a hellebore looking right in a hanging basket.

  • figrat wrote (see)

    In my experience hellebores are quite deep rooted, and do like a moistish soil, so I'd be doubtful if they'd be happy in a hanging basket. I quite like snipping off a few blooms and floating them in a bowl of water indoors. And I believe there are some new cultivars which don't have such droopy heads, which might be worth searching out.

    Completely agree.

    And they look gorgeous floating in water as a table display.

  • cloud8cloud8 Posts: 101

    I suspected as much as I'd never seen it done.  Thanks everyone.  Well I'll just have to get some lovely new ones that face up and increase my collection so that I can put some at the top of the slope and some in a bowl of water.  image

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