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Price reductions at Crocus

by Sarah - September 10th, 2014.
Filed under: Crocus, Price Reductions.

Price reduction on this item at Crocus

Helleborus x hybridus Harvington Smokey Blues (Lenten rose hellebore)

Helleborus x hybridus Harvington Smokey Blues (Lenten rose hellebore) was £16.99 now £15.99
Position: partial shade Soil: heavy, neutral to alkaline soil, including heavy soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: February to April Other features: all parts of the plant cause severe discomfort if ingested; the sap may cause skin irritation; dark greyish-green leaves give off an unpleasant odour when crushed Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need winter protection) Nodding or outward-facing, double, deep purple-black flowers open in February an d last for up to three months. The handsome evergreen foliage is leathery, deep ly cut and dark green. This is a new variety of lenten rose and the unusual, pu rple-black flowers have a dark blue sheen and creamy-yellow centres. They look stunning contrasted with snowdrops. To appreciate their colour, they are best planted in groups at the front of a partially shady mixed border, ideally where they can be seen through windows in winter, or as a ground cover plant for area s of dappled shade under deciduous trees and shrubs. In former times, hellebore s were planted close to cottage doors to prevent evil spirits from crossing the threshold. Garden care: Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Cut the old leaves back down to the ground in January or February as this will show off the new emerging flowers to best effect. It will also help to get rid of foliar diseases such as Hellebore leaf spot. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn and provide a top-dressing of general fertiliser each spring.