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.
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