Hellebores are in flower now so it’s a great time to pick out a variety you like. These are hardy perennials, able to subsist through cool, frost-laden winters and harsh environments. The flowers appear between July and October in the southern hemisphere, and if you choose your plants carefully, you can have a whole carnival of colours. I like the deep purples, though the white ones are just as gorgeous. Just look at the close-up image, above.
Some hellebores have plain green leaves, some have blue-tinged ones, some have speckled or blotchy leaves. These make for a handsome planting in the garden too. The deeply divided leaves of Helleborus foetidus look spectacular mass-planted.
Plant your hellebores in partial shade in deep, fertile soil that has had plenty of organic matter dug in. Soil must be free-draining. Do not overwater them. Overly dry hellebores are likely to survive, overwatered ones will not.
Plants are available from garden centres.