Tips for the garden
All varieties from the Helleborus Gold Collection® prefer rich and chalky soils, but will also thrive well in other locations that are not prone to waterlogging. You can improve very light and sandy soils by working in some bark humus, Dolomite lime and horn meal. Instead of Dolomite lime, you can also use eggshells.
Snow Roses will tolerate a sunny location. Christmas Roses and Lenten Roses prefer a place in the shade or partial shade and, above all, appreciate being protected from the blazing midday sun during the summer months. By contrast, the mild winter sun doesn't bother them. If you don't want to do without the hellebores' charm in a flower bed that is in full sun, you can plant deciduous shrubs or trees nearby. These will soon provide the partial shade that is ideal for hellebores. In the garden, hellebores appreciate lasting companions such as perennials that do not spread excessively and, like hellebores, do not crowd adjacent plants. For optimum presentation, plant the perennials in groups of three to five or combine them with early spring flowers. If planted in the right spot, hellebores will last for decades. They will grow more beautiful and charming every year.
Step-by-step planting guide
Hellebores can be planted any time when the ground is not frozen. Optimal planting time is between September and October when the plants are not in flower. Avoid planting hellebores in summer, when the ground can be too dry. For optimum presentation, plant the perennials in groups of three to five or combine them with early spring flowers.
Space Snow Roses and Spring Promise® Lenten Roses approximately 60-80 cm apart because the plants will grow strongly in their second year and require more space.
Christmas Roses are slightly more compact and slower growing. They only require approximately 30-50 cm of spacing.
The new Ice N' Roses® Snow Roses need plenty of space and should be planted at a minimum distance of 80 cm from each other or any other plant.
Tips for balconies and terraces
Combined with conifers, checkerberries and other evergreen hardy plants, Christmas Roses and Snow Roses decorate spaces in winter that summer flowers would normally brighten up. You can even use Christmas Roses with some pine branches to create festive window box plantings in winter.
Hellebores are deep rooters, so if planting them in a container, you want to use a container that is deep enough. Containers should be thick-walled and sufficiently large to prevent the soil from freezing easily as the plants cannot absorb water when the roots are frozen. Containers must also be frost-proof. Be absolutely sure to avoid waterlogging by always using containers with drainage holes. To prevent the drainage hole from being blocked, place a layer of several centimetres of clay fragments or expanded clay granules at the bottom of the container. Use any standard planting media with a pH level that is not too acidic (do not use peat moss on any account; it is most unsuitable).
In summer, hellebores make beautiful ornamental foliage plants in tubs. Alternatively, plant them out in a suitable place in the garden in spring.