The hellebore and SARCOCOCCA above are planted in an old rusted bucket my sister has owned for years. Because the screens running across the back of the Show Garden are a rusted metal I felt there needed to be something rusted elsewhere in the garden. My sister's garden offered this bucket.
Clearly the bucket is quite old. Above is a spring planting: pansy and a lime HEUCHERA and a brown CAREX--I think it might be 'cappuccino.' Part of the side has rotted away, so any planting has to be seasonal.
Because the SARCOCOCCA, or sweetbox, is scented--it smells of vanilla--I wanted it at the front of the Show Garden, so I knew that would go into the bucket.
I always have liked white hellebore and sweetbox planted together. The tapering leaves of the sweetbox are a good contrast with the larger, wider hellebore leaves. And the anemone-like hellebore flower is nicely substantial next to the white wisps of sweetbox flower.
The moss covering the surface of the soil in the bucket is a lighter green than the leaves of the two plants, and the old white doorknobs I placed around them lighten the dark green and the rusted bucket.
The HELLEBORUS is 'winter song, a niger, that started blooming in December. The flower is quite upright, unlike the usual drooping hellebore flower.
A number of people have commented on the sweetbox scent, and a few have asked for the name of the hellebore. No one has mentioned the connection between the rusted bucket and the rusted screens. Yet I think that link is part of what allows people to enjoy the garden.