Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:40
Midwinter fire is a weak variety. Not good for me. Gave mine to a friend where it grows very well albeit with its built in tendency for die back. For a vigorous collection of coloured stems I would give it a miss.
Sibirica aurea (yellow leaves) elegantissima ( green n white leaves) have brilliant red stems. There are others with maroon red stems and yellow stems. I would give the green stemmed varieties a miss....they are overly vigorous, for me anyway.
Less is more.....choose 2, 3 or 4 varieties only. I find they are easily divided....a spade cut will sever a piece to plant again. A white hellebore or two in the forefront, white daffs, snowdrops and lovely soft yellow primroses make a beautiful spring picture