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Helleborus orientalis: watercolour painting by Kay Craig, 1997 [7 of 17]

Helleborus orientalis
My three favourite plants begin with H - hydrangeas, hostas and hellebores. I grow many in my woodland garden and in winter the hellebores are the stars. The colour range is wonderful, but for the moment my favourite is the deep plum black one that is spreading beside a turquoise and lime green garden seat. Hellebores are pretty tough plants and will grow in any situation from filtered sun to quite heavy shade. I wouldn't be without them.

Helleborus orientalis