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 Replies to “Highlights from Harlow Carr Garden: Hellebores”

    1. I don’t know if Sarah Raven would call these ‘refined, haughty and unusual’ as well as the Erythronium. The top one strikes me as refined, but you’d be hard pressed to find a haughty-looking hellebore.

    1. I was expecting the flowers to be on the tatty side by now. Even some of the Christmas ones (Helleborus niger) were still looking nice enough to photograph.

  1. These are such beautiful plants. I look forward to seeing them at the Michigan State University Hidden Lake Garden when I return to Michigan. It will still be about a month before they bloom, I would suspect. Spring comes on slow in Michigan because of the cold wind from over Lake Michigan.

  2. What is the pink and blue flower with the spotted leaves in the lower right corner of Anna’s Red?

    1. ‘Anna’s Red’ looks like something you might see at a crafts fair. I always think “I’ve posted enough for this year”, then I see some more and lose my heart to them too!

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