Posted: 14/04/2013 at 19:19
The orientalis ones flower now before the foliage.
Red dahlia, orientalis ARE evergreen. The usual practice is to cut the leaves off in December to allow the big fat flower buds to be seen emerging. You will see this from January and those buds elongate Into 45cm flower stems. Soon leaves will form and your plant becomes a mass of lush-looking leaves that will remain until you again cut them next December.
There are different hellebores.....you have Niger but Corsicus is another and there are others.
Orientalis are the stars of this family