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I went into my local B+M store today and low and behold in the garden section outside I found some Helleborus Niger so as they were reduced from £2.99 to £2.25 (not a lot I know)  I got them,  it says on the plant section of GW to put them in a shady spot the question is this,  is it shady all the time, or just through the day,  I have a North Facing and an East facing border so which would be the best for them,  I've never grown these before.



  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    Hellebores are woodland plants, so normally grow under dappled shade from trees.  They need moist soil.  However, as long as you don't plant them in full sun on light soil which is prone to drying out, they should be fine.  I have a couple of H. Niger in an East-facing border which is shaded by a garage to the South,  so I would say either spot would be fine, so choose the one with the dampest soil.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks for that Bob,  the dampest one for me then will be the North facing one so that will be their new home image

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    I think we are pretty much saying the same thing anyway, Verdun.  I also find the orientalis are much less fussy.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    Rain, I should also say that you need to prepare the ground well by digging in plenty of compost, preferably leaf mould if you have any,before planting.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • tattiannatattianna Posts: 182

    Oh Verdun & Bob  I'm so pleased to read that Helleborus Niger can be difficult. I've have 2 plants that I planted 2/3 years ago and they've never really done anything. They're in a suitable part of the garden yet all I get is a couple of leaves and that's about it! I'm even contemplating taking them out. Before I do can you suggest anything I can try to get them to grow?

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,994

    Join the club. We cannot keep them either and we actually have damp woodland conditions. If you do get them to flower then sow the seeds when ripe and at least then you may have baby plants to keep them going. Ours only flowered the once and then petered out.

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,300

    I'm in that club too !  Have never got H Niger beyond the season they were bought - but my orientalis collection is growing nicely !

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