Helleborus × hybridus 'Yellow Lady' (Lady Series)
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: heavy, neutral to alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: February to April
- Other features: all parts of the plant cause severe discomfort if ingested; the sap may cause skin irritation
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This tough and tolerant clump-forming perennial will produce its beautiful burgundy spotted, lemon yellow flowers from late winter to mid-spring. Plant it in shady gaps throughout the border and bump up the dispaly by underpinning it with spring flowering bulbs like crocus and daffodils. It also looks wonderful when planted at the feet of one of the Cornus that have brightly coloured stems.
- Garden care: Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Cut the old leaves back down to the ground in January or February as this will show off the new emerging flowers to best effect. It will also help to get rid of foliar diseases such as Hellebore leaf spot. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn and provide a top-dressing of general fertiliser each spring. Cut off the seed heads to prevent inferior seedlings colonising.
- Harmful if eaten/skin irritant