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  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Hellebores still going strong in the new bed that should fill out a bit this year. New leaves beginning to push up. I have more colourful ones elsewhere in the garden but they are still quite small.



  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    I have a helebores 'pennys pink & ruby star' the flowers have browned on the edges and the old leaves, should i cut off the flowers? do the new flowers grow up from the plant or on existing flower stems, i can't remember as i didn't cut flowers off last year, no seedlings though sadly.

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 5,763

    Sanjy - I usually remove all old hellebore leaves as they can be prone to black spot. Usually do mine over the winter to allow the flowers to take centre stage but can be done at almost any time. The fresh new leaves soon show through and look much better than the tired old ones.

    If you want your plants to set seed then leave the flower stems in place & seed pods will develop. Otherwise cut the flowering stems off at the base. New flowering stems will start to emerge next autumn / winter.

    Re plugs. I bought 30 plugs from Haylofts in Jan 2015. All named varieties - mix of singles, doubles, plain and spotted. Cost worked out to £1 per plug. They were titchy, tiny!. Potted them on and potted them on. They grew strongly & most of them were in 1 litre pots by autumn and ready for planting.

    Some started flowering around November and all (bar 2) have flowered since. Some have produced lots of blooms - others just one or two. Really nice mix of colours from ruby red to dark purple and back to cream and white. 

    This has proved to be a really cost effective way of starting off the 'carpet' of hellebores I want in my 'woodland border'. I will let them self seed but will also pay extra for some really choice specimens for certain spaces.

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Thank you aym280 I live in East Sussex by the sea.

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 5,763

    Aym - the collection I bought featured the Double Ellens in various colours and the yellow spotted as well as some single varieties. Nearest collection is currently up at 12 plants for £18 .

    If you buy them as plugs now I'm not sure whether they will have time to develop sufficiently to flower next winter / spring. Mine were first potted in January 2015 and had nearly a full year before flowering. But the sooner you start..... Just make sure you allow them to develop into decent sized plants with a healthy rootball (minimum 1 litre pot) before planting in the soil.

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 5,763

    Ashwoods are an excellent nursery Verdun - nobody is disputing that. For me I am lucky enough to live down the road from Harveys Garden Plants - Chelsea multiple gold medal winner specialising in hellebores. I shall be visiting him for some very choice specimens.

    However, the woodland border I am trying to carpet with a variety of woodland plants will require around 100 hellebores for the effect I want. The majority don't have to be particularly special - and I could not even contemplate buying 100 plants at £15 - £25 a pop.

    I can, however, afford 30 plants at £1 each and wait for them to seed around a bit - I have even split hellebores successfully before now although they are not supposed to like it.

    In this case it's horses for courses. If I only had room for 2 or 3 hellebores I would opt for the expensive choice specimens. But for a carpet (or if I didn't have the cash) the Hayloft collection I've talked about has produced some very acceptable plants image

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Wow 100 is a lot. Will look amazing when it's done though.

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