Hallelujah Hellebores

Helleborus x ballardiae 'Cinnamon Snow' One of the rarest of the Helleborus niger, derived from a cross of Helleborus niger and Helleborus lividus.  Early blooming  pink buds open to outward facing creamy white blooms, brushed with shades of rose and cinnamon.  Very dark green foliage, strong stems. Photo by Holly Stickley

Helleborus x ballardiae 'Cinnamon Snow'
One of the rarest of the Helleborus niger, derived from a cross of Helleborus niger and Helleborus lividus.  Early blooming  pink buds open to outward facing creamy white blooms, brushed with shades of rose and cinnamon.  Very dark green foliage, strong stems.
Photo by Holly Stickley

What would a garden be without hellebores?  *sigh*...sad.

Hellebores are blooming now, late winter.  At a time when color in the garden is sparse, hellebores are pure delight.  Mine are looking gorgeous!

The "petals," single or double, are actually sepals and shelter the true tiny flowers nestled in the center of the blossom surrounded by yellow stamens.  The petal-like sepals, either nodding or outward facing, range in color from deep plum, rose, apricot, mauve, soft yellow, chartreuse, white, and are often spotted with purple. 

Their large, handsome leathery, palmate, serrate, foliage contrasts nicely with finer foliage plant material.  I love grouping and planting them with ferns, hostas and other shade-loving plants; perfect in a woodland garden.

Helleborus x ballardiae 'Merlin' One of my favorites and another early bloomer.  Outward facing pink blooms mature to a deep cranberry.  Dark green, slightly marbled foliage with dark burgundy stems...striking!  Wonderful when planted with early or mid-spring blooming powder pink tulips!  Photo by Holly Stickley

Helleborus x ballardiae 'Merlin'
One of my favorites and another early bloomer.  Outward facing pink blooms mature to a deep cranberry.  Dark green, slightly marbled foliage with dark burgundy stems...striking!  Wonderful when planted with early or mid-spring blooming powder pink tulips! 
Photo by Holly Stickley

Helleborus orientalis, commonly called Lenten Rose Photo by Holly Stickley

Helleborus orientalis, commonly called Lenten Rose
Photo by Holly Stickley

If you've never tried growing hellebores, I highly recommend them.  I grow a few varieties, Helleborus orientalis, more commonly known as Lenten Rose and Helleborus niger, more commonly know as the Christmas Rose; neither are roses, but are actually in the Buttercup family.

They are super easy to grow and need little care.  They love moist, but not wet, rich organic, neutral to alkaline soil, and are greedy feeders; I like to use a time release fertilizer like Osmocote or a balanced organic fertilizer in early spring.  Plant in an area that receives winter sun, but later shaded by deciduous trees and shrubs.  Although evergreen, in the winter the foliage will often look tattered, so I'll prune back the dead and disfigured foliage before the new growth appears.

Enjoy, and as always love hearing from you! 

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Till the next time...

Love, Holly ~ Your Queen Bee at The White Pear

Helleborous orientalis, the Lenten Rose Photo by Holly Stickley

Helleborous orientalis, the Lenten Rose
Photo by Holly Stickley