- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (24 May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0304362875
- ISBN-13: 978-0304362875
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.3 x 0.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hellebores (Wisley Handbooks) Paperback – 24 May 2002
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Very much in vogue the last few years, hellebores bring colour to the garden during the winter months when not much else is either left or started into growth. Particularily popular are the deep purples of the Helleborus hybridus, sought and fought over whenever appearing for sale. Award-winning garden writer, Graham Rice, shares his expertise on their cultivation, propagation and choice to give the grower the best possible information on their care. Their foliage comes in a multitude of hues and forms from the lime green of the native Helleborus foetidus and Helleborus viridis to the pretty silver and pink-leaved Helleborus lividus from Majorca and the celery-like foliage of Helleborus vesicarus from Syria. Flower colours range from green, white, yellow, pink and purple to mixes and spots. The recent surge in hybridization has produced shades of every hue making them amenable to any colour scheme in the border. Their evergreen foliage provides a background for the spring and summer stars, coming into their own once these transient divas disappear below the surface. Rimed with hoar frost and laden with blooms, they bring a cheer and a lift to the spirits on a crisp winter's morning. Part of the RHS Wisley handbook series, this is a comprehensive and concise look at Hellebores, fully illustrated and clearly written. Aimed at both the amateur and professional grower, this is an invaluable addition to any serious horticulturalists bookshelf. - Lucy Watson
A self purchase for hobby gardeners of both sexes and any age A gift purchase for amateur gardeners Expert information by a specialist in the field Endorsement from the UK's leading gardening authority, the Royal Horticultural Society, who now has more than 353,000 members An attractive package for any gardener One of 12 titles in this relaunched RHS Wisley Handbook series --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This book has introduced me to many more exciting varieties and colours of hellebores. Like all the books in this Wisley series there are about 90 pages, lots of colourful pictures and useful diagrams/sketches. After an Introductory chapter there are chapters on:
- How to Grow Hellebores
- Hellebores in the Garden
- Choosing your Hellebores
There are useful tips about growing from seed and from division. Growing mediums, locations and moving them. There's also a section on the pests and diseases that can spell doom for hellebores.
My white plant is in the most heavily shaded part of the garden underneath a very large honeysuckle and sheltered between house and garage walls. It's been there 10 years or so and it thrives. I would like to be able to repeat this experience with more hellebores and this book has given me the encouragement to try.