The pure white star shaped flowers look stunning over the dark green foliage, this helleborus flowers during the winter period often flowering at Christmas hence its other name of the Christmas rose. The flowers are long lasting providing colour from winter into spring.
As it starts to flower, it is often advantageous to remove some of the leaves to expose more of the beautiful flowers. It will form more dark green evergreen leaves when it has finished flowering. It looks best planted in groups of three to five planted beneath larger shrubs.
Helleborus are fully hardy and suited to growing in almost any light condition from full sun to shade. They prefer a moist but free-draining soil where they will grow to about 30cm (12").
They are generally trouble free, although occasionally they can be troubled by aphids; these are easily treated by spraying with 'bug clear'.
During the winter period, helleborus can look great in a planted container or planted beneath hamamellis (witch hazel). Alternatively plant infront of evergreen plants such as skimmea, sarcococca or choisya.