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