One of the darkest possible hellebores, Helleborus x hybridus Shades of Night has deep purple through to blue-black – almost black – flowers with a beautiful, soft sheen. Pendant or outward facing, and saucer shaped, the brooding blooms appear from late winter into early spring. The leathery, dark green leaves form a clump, making this Harvington hellebore a useful ground cover plant.
Easy to look after, plant this Lenten Rose (also known as Hellebore Shades of the Night or Shade of Night) in semi-shade under shrubs and trees or in a woodland garden. It looks fantastic with snowdrops and pale crocuses, and also paired with dark hebes or light green euphorbias. As an added bonus, the broodingly dark single flowers attract early foraging insects, especially bees, for nectar.
Hellebores are perfect for adding colour and foliage interest to a shady border or woodland area, especially as they are resistant to deer and rabbits, or for adding early interest to the front of a mixed border. They tend to be in flower at a time of the year when little else is.
Top Tip: Leave the leaves to protect the young buds, but as the hellebore comes into flower cut away all the old foliage so the flowers are revealed, this not only looks stunning but often helps disease by removing last season's foliage.
Pot size: 2L
Common Name: Hellebore
Height x Spread: 45cm x 60cm
Position: Partial shade
Preferred Soil: Moist, well-drained soil, even heavy
Flowering Period: February – April
Planting Instructions: Water in the container, some hours before planting. Prepare a large enough hole and enrich soil with compost. Remove plant from container and plant, taking care not to damage the roots. Firm soil around plant. Water and check regularly keeping moist until established.
Care: Remove spent flowers. Divide while flowering.
Harmful if eaten; may also cause skin allergy.