A little brightness in a winter garden

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It’s a cold wintery Saturday in Melbourne. Time to prune the garden in the stillness of the afternoon. In the midst of hibernating leafless plants blooms the Hellebores. Delicate, pinks, whites and green a little brightness in a winter garden.

History: Hellebores are part of the Ranunculaceae family, which includes Ranunculus, Anenomes and Clematis. They are native to western and southern Europe, including the Mediterranean and individual plants have been known to live up to 40 years if looked after properly.

Planting: Plant them in the garden with dwarf bulbs and cyclamen, magnolias and camellias to get the most fantastic display during winter. What’s more, if you plant a few plants now, they’ll reward you with wonderful flowers over many, many years.

What they love: They love nice moist conditions and need to be protected from the summer sun during the hottest part of the year. Easy to care for and grow they bloom year after year in a winter garden. They add a delightful touch in a vase on the kitchen table.

Enjoy your weekend!

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