If you are looking for a way to help brighten up dreary winter days, your best bet is with helleborus plants. These perennial plants are an easy addition to house decor with their soft neutral colours. Often named as the ‘Christmas Rose’, its flowers provide a subtle pop of colour with its red and pink speckled petals. This especially provides a great contrast to the more vibrant red flora like mistletoe that is seen around this time.
What also makes these plants an easy choice when it comes to selecting what plant to go for is the fact that it is simple to pot. Regularly available soil works fine for the helleborus variety. However the addition of wood chips helps maintain a more springy appearance to this evergreen plant. Any dryness can be easily combated with a mixture of water and mulch to help this plant flower. Another way to boost flowering is adding a potassium rich fertilizer usually tomato based which is especially great if you are looking for an organic yield.
Helleborus NZ also lend itself to its winter weather by being planted at the start of the season like a welcoming of sorts. Its wintery nature is furthered by its ability to endure harsher weather. As weather moves from tougher conditions, it creates the ideal setting for flowers to bloom with blossoms appearing in the period between later stages of winter to the onset of spring. This evergreen can be easily maintained by pruning older leaves especially to showcase the blooms. This is also a great method for helping remove a certain scent that may be emitted since this signals to rotting leaves that may inhibit the overall growth of the plant.
Placement for plants from the helleborus family is also fairly easy. As mentioned above, they can be easily incorporated inside the house due to its affinity for shade. However, this shouldn’t discourage gardening enthusiasts since they can make an excellent addition to their gardens especially in a shadier spot. If you’re concerned about impending snowfall, there is not much to worry as it continues to blossom as long as proper care is being taken with regards to soil and water. Another great aspect of these plants as an outdoor plant is that it is able to flourish in the presence of smaller woodland animals that may make an occasional appearance come colder months. Rabbits and deer generally tend to steer clear of these plants. However, do check for slugs and snails as they can be damaging.