Planting and Aftercare Advice

HELLEBORUS – Christmas and Lenten Roses, Corsican and English Hellebores

Please note that a planting and aftercare advice sheet is enclosed with every order.

Where to plant Hellebores

All need some shade and they will thrive in sheltered space in soil that is well cultivated, fertile and always moist.

  • Once established plants grow to 30-45cm high and spread 40cm
  • Planting position: Semi-shade in well-drained soil
  • They work well in pots and tubs, on the patio, in your herbaceous or mixed border in some shade.

Hellebore Plug Plants

These are individual young seedling plants with a well-established root system. We despatch Hellebore Plug Plants from mid-April to early June.  The young plants need to be potted up as soon as possible after you receive them – we suggest into a 2 litre deep pot in well drained potting compost and water with liquid feed every couple of weeks during the summer.  Once the roots have grown to the bottom of the pot and are beginning to bind the compost together, they can be planted out in the garden.  Given the right growing conditions, they will be ready to plant out in the garden in the autumn.  They are perennial plants and will become a bolder, bigger clumps each year.

Our plants have been grown from seed in the UK and are frost hardy.

Hellebore Seeds

We despatch freshly collected Hellebore Seeds during July.  They benefit from sowing as soon as possible after you receive them.  They can be sown into small pots or modular trays – they prefer not to have their roots disturbed so avoid using seed trays which then lead to pricking out.


ROSCOEA – Spice Flower

Please note that a planting and aftercare advice sheet is enclosed with every order.

Where to plant Roscoeas

They are robust herbaceous perennials suitable for the front of borders or on a rock garden.  They prefer a sheltered position in light shade in any well drained soil.  Water well as the plant establishes.  Light mulch or garden compost in Spring can be beneficial.

Roscoea rhizomes 

We despatch large, flowering-size Roscoea rhizomes with tuberous roots in March and April.  They need to be potted up or planted out in the garden as soon as possible after you receive them.  A 2 litre deep pot is preferable with free draining compost.


TRILLIUM 

Please note that a planting and aftercare advice sheet is enclosed with every order.

Where to plant Trilliums

The natural habitat for nearly all Trilliums is in woodland or woodland edge conditions.  So in choosing your planting position, choose some shade or at least a position that isn’t in the full sun in summer.  They must have enough moisture at their roots but bad drainage is to be avoided.  It is important to mix some well decayed compost, leaf mould or even really well rotted manure into the soil when planting.

Trillium rhizomes

We despatch Trillium rhizomes from September through to November and they should be planted in the garden or potted up as soon as possible after receiving them. We will only send you good, healthy rhizomes that are freshly lifted with living roots attached.  They will be big enough so that given the right growing conditions, they will flower in the following year or two.


ERYTHRONIUM – Dogs Tooth Violets

Please note that a planting and aftercare advice sheet is enclosed with every order.

Where to plant Erythroniums

In wild they often grow where it is cool with light dappled shade. So try and choose a similar location in your garden.

Erythronium Bulbs

We despatch freshly lifted dormant Erythronium Bulbs during part of August and September. Given the right planting conditions, most will be large enough to flower the following Spring.  They can either be potted up in a deep pot in a free draining compost or planted directly into the garden.  Keep moist at all times.  Plant the bulbs as soon as possible after receiving them.