commonly called ‘Christmas Rose’, are the harbingers of
spring, with their flowers showing themselves during mid winter,
and well into the spring showing of bulbs. They add so much colour
and character during the ‘gloomy’ winter period in the garden
that every gardener will enjoy their wonderful show.
are evergreen plants and are perfect for well-watered areas
of the garden that receive full or part shade, especially during
the summer months. Helleborus are Mediterranean plants, and they
prefer not to be wet all of the time, so a period of drying our
between watering is of great benefit to good overall growth.
wonderful selection of hybrid Helleborus have come from the
renowned New Zealand plant breeder, Terry Hatch. Terry has been
growing and breeding Hellebores for over 30 years, and the range
in shape, colour, and markings of his 'Joy Hybrids', is a
testament to the variability of this genus, and to the efforts of
hellebore breeders and collectors from around the world.
great range of Helleborus hybrids are strong, robust plants, with
some of them measuring 50cm+ in height, when in flower. They make
great accent plants in the garden, and are also good for growing
in pots or tubs.
growing Helleborus in the ground there are a few ideas you can
incorporate into your bed preparation to help produce strong
healthy plants. Double digging the area (digging out one
shovel depth of soil, and then digging up the second layer of
soil, and then putting the top layer back on and digging it all
together) is ideal for planting Hellebores, as they have a
deep growing root system and they will certainly benefit greatly
with this treatment.
addition of organic matter is of great advantage, but you will
need to make sure it is not too acidic, as Hellebores prefer a
neutral to alkaline soil Ph (they will grow in a slightly acidic
Ph soil too). I find Mushroom compost to be fairly good as an
additive, and well decomposed garden compost would work well too.
If your soil is high in organic matter, and has a fairly good
water holding capacity, then Hellebores will grow wonderfully in
range of sizes are available of the Helleborus 'Joy Hybrids', from
seedlings to mature flowering sized plants. The colour range of
mixed hybrids includes purple, pink, white and yellow, some are
solid clear colours and other have a myriad of speckles and lines
in the flowers. Many of these plants represent some of the best
spotted and marked Helleborus in the world, and they will all be a
wonderful addition to your garden.
orders are happily accepted and a discount will apply to orders of
20 or more plants. Postage for all orders in Australia is $8.00.
For orders of Helleborus hybrids over $100, your plants will be
sent postage free. All plants will be sent bare-rooted, and ready
for immediate planting.
Helleborus 'Joy Hybrids Mixed'
This is a mixed range of Helleborus
'Joy Hybrids', and all plants have been grown from seed
and are at or near flowering size.
$6.00 per plant
3 for $15.00
Helleborus 'Joy Hybrids' - offsets
The following will contain a list
of offsets that are available from Helleborus varieties I
have growing in the garden. A new list of divisions that
are available from the garden this season will be posted
here around mid to late July. Here you will be able to buy
specific cultivars and forms from the garden, and as many
are in limited supply and the demand is high, they will
only be available on a first come, first serve basis.