The problem with many helleborus is that their flowers ‘hang their heads’ downwards. This can make it impossible to see many of the beautiful markings and colours contained within the petals. To see them, cup the flower upwards with your hand.
The good news is that clever hybridising has now resulted in some varieties that are not only compact, upright and vigorous, but also produce flat, outward facing flowers. Therefore, enabling the colourful markings inside the petals to be easily seen and appreciated.
‘Ivory Prince’ is a great example. It’s an evergreen variety with silver veined leaves and reddish flower stems and produces lots of flowers for months on end. From pale red buds, flowers bloom from late winter to early spring. The flowers start off a pretty, creamy white colour many of which develop pretty shades of pink as they mature. Once established, the plant should start to self-seed, ultimately resulting in swathes of these long flowering evergreen beauties.