Be very cautious about growing poisonous plants, like castor bean or hellebore , in readily accessible areas.
I followed his advice - and now, ten years later that hellebore is a fine, strong plant that is blooming as I type this.
The same author comments that quail were not eaten much in classical times, apparently because they were thought to be unwholesome because of eating poisonous plants such as hellebore .
This seems to me like it would be a difficult color range to achieve, considering the amount of blue in most hellebore flowers.
Enjoy early hellebore flowers by floating flowerheads in a shallow bowl of water.
It has been my experience that hellebores do not make good long term pot plants; it's best to get them in the ground as quickly as you can once they are of a size to handle the rough and tumble world of the garden.
Ensure that you prepare a good planting site by incorporating compost into the soil before you plant, as hellebores enjoy a moist soil rather than one that dries out quickly.
Tony has a good article on hellebores - he's always worth reading!
Chocolate cosmos, black hollyhocks, and shadowy hellebores are planted toward the front of borders or in front of contrasting colors so that the dark colors don't recede in the garden like a black hole.
Spring bulbs were much in evidence, as were hellebores .