Highlights from Harlow Carr Garden: Hellebores

Dark Spotted Hellebore

I nearly missed these beauties during last week’s visit to Harlow Carr. The first is a very neat hybrid with an even coverage of dark purple spots against a lighter background.

Helleborus 'Anna's Red'

The second is a very floriferous cultivar: Helleborus ‘Anna’s Red’. The flowers seemed to have a metallic character in the early evening light.

Hellebore Slate Ashwood Garden Hybrid

My final choice for today is sheeny, slate coloured hellebore with dark purple spots – about as close to a black hellebore as I’ve seen this year. A tinge of blue was especially evident on the reverses of the flowers (you can just about make out this patch of plants in the top left of the first image). The foliage was dark green, but the leaves around the flowers were purple. This plant knows how to dress for effect.

I’d expecting that the hellebores would be past their best – how wrong was I?

39 thoughts on “Highlights from Harlow Carr Garden: Hellebores

  1. carabeinsplash says:

    Those flowers are so unique! I’m glad your hand was in the photo. Otherwise I wouldn’t have known the flowers were so big. I’m surprised at the size, actually. Gorgeous!

  2. hbs1991 says:

    I love hellebores, your photography of them is spectacular, and the picture at the op of the page for hellebores, stunning, as I have never seen such an array of varieties of bloom.

    May I ask what macro lens you use for your photography? As of now I am painstakingly saving for a Canon 100mm/f2.8 L lens, this is my goal for this year.

    • susurrus says:

      I mainly use an iPhone. The macro shots do take a little extra patience but it is very light and I always have it with me. I used to use a Canon G12, but the colour accuracy was much better on my iPhone. I’ve often been tempted by the Canon macro lens too – I’m sure it is a wonderful piece of equipment.

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