Posted: 06/11/2016 at 09:53
Re hellebore hybrids I remove EVERY leaf now. A mulch too....mushroom compost is ideal but a mixture of compost and dried manure.....after a tidy up around the plants.
By taking away all the foliage...(this helps prevent the build up of H. Black spot later) it doesn't weaken hellebores but allows the newly emerging flower buds to be seen without foliage obscuring them.
I grow several hellebores...doubles, singles from white to yellow to dark purple including some with dark, almost purple, foliage. Wonderful late winter to spring additions to any garden