A winter-flowering staple in the cottage garden, hellebores produce large clusters of saucer-shaped flowers with white, pink, green, mauve or smoky purple flowers. The large leathery, evergreen leaves persist throughout the year but should be cut back in the spring when flowers and new foliage emerge. Plants hybridise and self-seed freely. The Lenten rose, Helleborus orientalis is native to woodlands of Greece and Turkey. Its white or green, saucer-shaped flowers appear from midwinter to early spring, and develop a pink hue with age.
Gift. Several specimens planted in the South-West border.