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All the oriental type hellebores are lovely, come in a wide variety of colours and are pretty easy to grow. You can grow them easily from seed although they do take a few years to perform. I agree that if you buy them in flower they are expensive although you can often buy trays of 6 as small plants that will flower within a couple of years
You will soon get the bug and want more and more.
I got some a couple of weeks back from Ideal world- the tv shopping channel. They are doing a deal £19.99 + £5 p+p for 18 plants. They are not too small and two of mine already were in flower. Item number 274282. You can order them from the ideal world site on the internet.
They arrived folded in half but unfolded themselves within 24 hours. I have shown pic of 9 of the plants once potted up and the two which were in flower.
I bought six for £1.99 each at Home Bargains. They were outside, so were hardened off and some were in flower. They all seem to be white. I planted them before the cold snap and they are all doing fine. Not the same as buying anamed cultivar but a cheap way of stocking the garden.
It is your fault I now covet Hellebores, Verdun!! You have written about them so lyrically that I now have a vision of my spring garden filled with them, interpersed with miniature daffodils, expecially tete a tete. But it means acquiring so many that buying named ones seems too extravagant. I have a few lovely big ones that do look fabulous but most of mine are young. Planting seeds seems to be a long-term strategy, since they don't seem to flower for about four years, but I might have a go, collecting and planting seed when it is fresh.
Hi Red, i posted a question on hellebore's from seeds last year and was advised that germination can be slow, (thanks alina and robot), nothing had happened for a couple of months? So i tucked the trays away, and 10 months on i have about 40 small seedlings appearing, only another two or three years until the first flowers, I suppose the question is do you want to wait this long,
A good way of buying them economically is to get them as the garden centres/nurseries think about taking them off the shelves as they have finished flowering. They may lower the price to get rid, or you could haggle over price since why would they want the bother of looking after them for another 9 months when you would pay to take them home?? Only downside for you is a short wait.
I find I get loads of seedlings off mine...leave them in situ for a couple of tears them dot them round the place. My garden's sort of in two halves, one side gets mostly full sun, the other is much more shady, and there are a couple of areas that are in semi shade. I've noticed that those on the shadier side do much better that I'm thinking of a mass evacuation of the not-doing-so -well ones in the semi shade into a more hospitable area.
If the weather gets above freezing before next November that is!
I bought three today at my local garden centre today and even though they're about to start flowering (in a few weeks it looks like), they only cost me £2.50 each, I couldn't believe my eyes! I payed £17.00 for my first one
I try to buy them when they are in flower as I like the speckled ones and find the plain ones very boring in comparison.