The shady corner, beneath a deciduous shrub or a woodland garden can be the home of Helleborus × hybridus (oriental hellebore hybrids). These plants are beginning to flower and benefit from having last years leaves removed so that the flowers are clearly visible. They grow best in fertile well-drained soil, avoid planting in very dry or waterlogged soil. Shelter from strong, cold winds helps protect the flowers. Notice how the lighter flowers show up more clearly against the soil from a distance.