If you find your garden looking a bit sad around this time of year then Hellebores are a great way to add a bit of drama.
I love the variety available and once you plant some out they will self seed and bulk out over time. Hellebore flowers tend to face the floor and they remind me a little of bells when you see them. If you look more closely some of them are extremely intricate and they can have beautiful patterns of purple spots inside.
Hellebores are commonly white or pinky purple but you can also get green, yellow and very deep purple like the one pictured below. If you have different colours they will hybridise within the garden and I'm always excited to see what the flowers will be like on a self seeded plant.
The other big bonus with hellebores is that they do well in damp, shady areas where many flowers and plants won't survive. The ones pictured here are all planted under trees and they are very happy. They are very easy to grow and although you may find the odd flower nibbled by a slug or snail, in general they are rarely affected by pests.
Bearing all that in mind I think this is a flower that many people could benefit from in their garden.
What are your favourite flowers at this time of year?