Hellebore Verboom Beauty
I found myself wandering around the plant centre at Wisley a couple of weeks ago, I hadn’t planned to but whilst they may not welcome the comparison it’s a bit like Walt Disney World, in that which ever way you want to leave you most certainly will have to do so via a shop. There were no plans to linger, just a straight exit. I stand by what I said in this post about nurseries and garden centres at this time of year and if anything early January can be even worse whilst they are waiting for new seasons seeds etc. to arrive. There was however something well worth looking at, a full display of these; Helleborus Verboom Beauty.
According to the available information it’s a recently introduced variety, popular because of the mass of delicate white flowers and because it flowers early, from December, the idea being that you could display inside over Christmas and then plant it out in January. I do think it would look lovely for that but then so do white cyclamen at a fraction of the price, so I’d rather keep it outside where it would look gorgeous in planters or as part of a border.
On a final point as with anything it’s worth shopping around. Those at RHS Wisley are currently £14.99, Ayletts have stock priced at £9.99, I didn’t find an online source but perhaps if you do know one you might leave a comment.