Hellebore Hoopla

This double hellebore is typical of many of the modern forms.

This double hellebore is typical of many of the modern forms.

Hellebores are among the most popular of perennial plants for good reason.  They will grow in shade (Helleborus foetidus will grow just about ANYWHERE), they remain resistant to deer, and they are one of the earliest blooms in spring.  There are many new varieties and colors, so the range of options is great.

The Hoopla part of the title is to remind Spokanites that we’ll have these in bloom during March Madness and right through the Final Four.  Pick your favorites and plant your own Final Four this season.

I’m going to start with a little tribute to one of the basic species.  Helleborus foetidus (stinking) is not a stinker.  It is amazingly tough, and will grow in full sun in drought as well as moist shade.  It is one of the few plants with attractive green blooms, shown at right.  Though in a good place it will naturalize and give additional offspring, it is no challenge to control.  It is a gorgeous addition to the garden that should no be overlooked when you are adding the new sexy hybrids.

Helleborus foeidus has pendant green blooms in early spring.  It's a lovely woodland addition that proves tough in almost any environment.

Helleborus foeidus has pendant green blooms in early spring. It’s a lovely woodland addition that proves tough in almost any environment.

Hellebores can be found in a range of colors.   Yellow, spotted, pink, near black, red tones, and white to name a few.  They can be single or double.  I’ll show a nice pink, black and yellow here.  The plants are all about the same size, 18″ tall and wide, more or less, so the idea is just to pick the bloom you like best.  Better than that, add 3-5 hellebores in the same area of the garden to show just how much diversity is available.  You’ll enjoy your garden walks so much more in spring with these in store.

We’ve got a great variety in stock.  You just can’t go wrong planting an assortment of Hellebores in your garden.

Hellebores can even be very nearly black.  The pendant bloom is intriguing in the garden.

Hellebores can even be very nearly black. The pendant bloom is intriguing in the garden.

This yellow bloom has a lovely pink picotee edge.

This yellow bloom has a lovely pink picotee edge.

Pink range from pale to bright.  I love the delicate ones.

Pinks range from pale to bright. I love the delicate ones.

 

 

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