Harvington is a village in the Vale of Evesham, and home to horticulturalists Hugh & Liz Nunn who began to raise Hellebores at their two acre site in 1985. The Hugh Nunn Nursery was recently taken over by their daughter, Penny, who continues to raise the breeding lines of Harvington Hellebores, producing 200,000 hellebore plants each year. Harvington hybrids are strong and reliable plants due to being grown outside and this means they transfer easily into the garden.
Here are two beautiful varieties growing in my own garden in London.
You need to get down to the plants level to really appreciate the wonderful speckled markings. If you can bare to cut them, flowers can be cut at the top of the stem and floated in a bowl shaped vase indoors.
Hellebores are woodlanders and best grown in dappled shade in a moist, free draining soil, in early winter the leaves can be removed to allow a better view of the downward facing flowers.