Some of the best new hellebores of recent years have been hybrids involving the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger
, and this new one, ‘Candy Love’ is a fine newcomer.
Described by Bob Brown who runs Cotswold Garden Flowers
, and is also vice chair of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee ,as “better than any I've grown so far” - which considering he named an earlier plant of this type ‘Bob’s Best’ is quite an accolade.
The leathery, boldly toothed, evergreen foliage is deep green overlaid in pewter with contrasting purple stems and veins. Then from late December well into April and May the clusters of creamy buds open to pale apricot flowers steadily darkening to pink then misty purple with red and pink tints.
Flowering well as a young plant, ‘Candy Love’ is vigorous and soon develops into a specimen for a container or the front of a sunny border.Helleborus
‘Candy Love’ was created in Belgium by Thierry Van Paemel who crossed his own selections of H. niger
and H. lividus
. This plant was picked out from the resulting seedlings in 2005 for its prolific flowering, its long flowering period and for its vigorous growth as well as its exceptional flower colour. Considering that it has the relatively tender H. lividus
in its background, it’s very heartening to see that ‘Candy Love’ has proved hardy down to -20C.Helleborus ‘Candy Love’ is available from Cotswold Garden Flowers