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Helleborus X Hybridus Harvington Smokey Blues (Lenten Rose Hellebore)

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Helleborus x hybridus Harvington Smokey Blues (Lenten rose hellebore)

Helleborus X Hybridus Harvington Smokey Blues (Lenten Rose Hellebore)

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Position: partial shade
Soil: heavy, neutral to alkaline soil, including heavy soil
Rate of growth: average Flowering period: February to April
Hardiness: fully hardy (borderline)
Nodding or outward-facing, double, deep purple-black flowers open in February and last for up to three months. The handsome evergreen foliage is leathery, deeply cut and dark green. This is a new variety of lenten rose and the unusual, purple-black flowers have a dark blue sheen and creamy-yellow centres. They look stunning contrasted with snowdrops. To appreciate their colour, they are best planted in groups at the front of a partially shady mixed border, ideally where they can be seen through windows in winter, or as a ground cover plant for areas of dappled shade under deciduous trees and shrubs. In former times, hellebores were planted close to cottage doors to prevent evil spirits from crossing the threshold.Garden care: A top tip from the Crocus crew is to cut back the old leaves to the ground in January or February. This will show off the emerging flowers to best effect and it also helps to get rid of foliar diseases such as hellebore leaf spot. When planting, add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn and provide a top-dressing of general fertiliser each spring.



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