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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Perennials

Hellebores are one of our favourite flowers for the later winter and early Spring. Given our never ending winter, we had the opportunity to grab a few photos and showcase some of our favourites, some new and some old. If you haven't planted at least one of these, your garden is missing out!
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Royal Heritage Lenten Rose

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Royal Heritage’

A strain of hybrids with long-lasting cup shaped flowers in a range of colours including purple, pink, green, white, near black all with contrasting yellow stamens. Some flowers are spotted or brushed with a contrasting colour. Each blossom has overlapping petals forming a cup-shape. Flowers in late winter. Dark green leaves are leathery and serrated. Grows 18-24 inches in height.

Pink Marble Hellebore

Helleborus lividus ‘Pink Marble’

Pink Marble is shorter than many other Hellebores. It blooms in late February with rich pink buds and soft pink blooms on rosy-pink stems. Foliage is bluish-green and oval shaped with silvery veins. Excellent in a container as it only grows 10-12 inches in height. Deer resistant too!

Pennys Pink Hellebore

Helleborus ‘Pennys Pink’

Pennys Pink Hellebore is one of our favourites this year. This variety features large, cup-shaped flowers that emerge mauce-pink, maturing to deeper pink. Leaves are blue green, evergreen and leathery with silver green veining. Prune off old leaves in winter. Grows 18-24 inches in height.
 

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Spring Party Lenten Rose

Helleborus x hybridus ballardeae

Spring Party Hellebores feature creamy white flowers on rosy stems. Green, gray and white marbled leaves. These blooms appear late winter to early spring and make a great addition to a shady high profile area where they can be enjoyed peeping out early in the season. Grows 10-14 inches in height

Champion Hellebore

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Champion’

Champion Hellebore features large creamy white flowers with a dark pink reverse. Handsome, evergreen foliage. Deer resistant. Grows 8-12 inches in height.

Merlin Hellebore

Helleborus ‘Merlin’

Merlin Hellebore features outward-facing, light pink to pink flowers that mature to a deep cranberry. Very dark foliage with dark stems. Deer resistant. Grows 12-15 inches tall.

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Annas Red Lenten Rose

Helleborus ‘Annas Red’

Plants produce bushy clumps of thick, leathery evergreen leaves with large cup-shaped flowers. This selection features single burgundy-red flowers on red stems over marbled evergreen foliage. Prune off old leaves late winter before the buds emerge. Grows to a height of 18-24 inches

Spring Sweetie Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis Spring ‘Sweetie’

Large double, rose coloured flowers with purple dots. Bushy clump of evergreen leaves. Grows to 12-24 inches in height.

Spring Darling Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis Spring ‘Darling’

Plants produce a bushy clump of thick, leathery evergreen leaves. Flowers appear in a wide range of soft pastel shades. Features large, upward facing, single flowers in antique rose-pink with faint white veins and a central green flare. Great in containers. Grows 14-16 inches in height.

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Spring Diamond Hellebore

Helleborus orientalis Spring ‘Diamond’

Flowers on this stunning variety are large in a wide range of soft pastel shades. This one is double in white to pale pink highlighted in green, each petal edged in rose. Plants produce a bushy clump of thick, leathery evergreen leaves. Grows 14-16 inches in height.

Peppermint Ice Winter Jewels Hellebore

Helleborus Winter Jewels ‘Peppermint Ice’

Peppermint Ice Hellebore forms a mound of leathery, evergreen foliage bearing upright stems of large, saucer-shaped blooms from late winter through spring. Features double blooms in shades of white and rose-red with a rim of darker pink edging. Deer resistant. Grows 15-18 inches tall.

Spring Velvet Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis Spring ‘Velvet’

Spring Velvet is a rare and unusual variety. Plants produce a bushy clump of thick, leathery, evergreen foliage. Flowers are large, upfacing, single and violet in colour with darker violet dots. Early flowering. Grows to 8-12 inches in height.
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Double Fantasy Christmas Rose (Winter Dreams Series)

Helleborus niger ‘Double Fantasy’

Double Fantasy is a member of Winter Dreams Series of Hellebores. It produces beautiful, semi-double outward facing blooms with ruffled white petals and a golden stamens arranged in a circle. Stems are tall and are accented with handsome dark green leaves in compact clumps. Deer and rabbit resistant. Perfect in shaded woodland, native or shade gardens. Evergreen. Reaches 8-12 inches tall.

Cotton Candy Hellebore

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Cotton Candy’

Cotton Candy Hellebore features large, double fluffy pink nodding flowers in shades of light pink.Dark green foliage is deer resistant. An ideal variety in beds and borders. Grows 12-24 inches in height. Created by One of the world's top hybridizers, Marietta O'Byrne

Sparkling Diamond Hellebore

Helleborus ‘Sparkling Diamond’

Sparkling Diamond is a member of the Winter Jewels series of double hellebores. This variety produces a profusion of double, pure white blooms. A delight in the winter garden. Shade tolerant and deer resistant. Grows to a height of 12-14 inches.
Hellebore foetidus foliage

Stinking Hellebore

Helleborus foetidus

Rounding out this collection is the classic Stinking Hellebore. It is an evergreen perennial noted for its deeply divided dark green foliage and late winter to early spring bloom. Clusters of drooping, bell-shaped, greenish-white flowers start in February. Grows 12-24 inches in height.

How to Grow Hellebores

Helleborus are evergreen perennials that thrive in shade or part shade, usually around 3-6 hours of sunlight per day. They prefer moist, but well drained woodland soils. They benefit from regular watering, weekly or more often in extreme heat. Somewhat drought tolerant once established. Enrich soil with leaf mold or compost for better growth. Mulch for winter. They typically bloom from late winter through early spring and most are hardy from zones 4-9. Remove old leaves as new spring growth begins. Hellebores are often used in the border, in the cutting garden, as a groundcover, a mass planting or in the woodland garden.

 


Thursday, March 19, 2015
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Perennials

Also known as Lenten Roses and Christmas Roses, Hellebores are wonderful winter and spring blooming perennials that feature elegant flowers and attractive foliage for shady areas. They are typically evergreen to semi-evergreen with attractive foliage with flowers in a range of colours and as either single or double flowered varieties.

Most have flowers that nod or droop, but many newer varieties stand more erect. Christmas Roses, also known as Helleborus niger get their name from the fact that given the right conditions, they will bloom right around Christmas time. Lenten Roses, or Helleborus orientalis generally bloom later in the winter or early spring.

Some of our favourite varieties this year include:

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Helleborus x hybridus ‘Peppermint Ice’

This striking hellebore hybrid features large, double flowers that are light pink with a rim of darker pink edging. Its dark pink on the backs for added appeal. A delight for the winter garden. Shade tolerant and deer resistant. Grows to a height of 14 inches and spreads to 2ft.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Berry Swirl’

Berry Swirl Hellebore is another double flowering variety with orchid colours, some with a creamy-white centre kissed with orchid shade edging. Grows to 14 inches in height and 24 inches across.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Rose Quartz’

Rose Quartz Hellebore is a double flowering variety that has every white petal edged in rose. It’s a taller variety that grows to 24 inches in height with a 12 inch spread. A delight in the winter garden that is both shade tolerant and deer resistant.

Helleborus x hybridus Spring Promise ‘Mary Lou’

One of the Spring Promise Hellebore series, Mary Lou features single, soft pink blooms with red spots on each petal atop of evergreen, leathery foliage. These blooms appear in late winter to early spring. A great addition to a shady, high profile area.

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Helleborus Winter Jewels Golden Lotus Strain

This charming hellebore features golden, lotus-like flowers. Many of these double yellows will have red edges and some will have red streaking on the backs as well. A wonderful part of the shade garden where the yellow flowers will lighten up otherwise dark areas.

Helleborus ‘Silver Dollar’

This Hellebore offers silvery, holly-like evergreen foliage with creamy green blooms. Petal backs are mauve with a rosy pink blush. Ideal for shady areas and woodland gardens. Grows 24-30 inches in height and up to 24 inches across.

Helleborus Winter Jewels ‘Harlequin Gem’

This variety represents a whole group of double flowered plants with very complex colours; the inside colour contrasting with the outside. Can be streaked with red, green or yellow, the outside is black, purple or red.

Helleborus Frost Kiss ‘Penny’s Pink’

This hellebore is a beautiful selection with fantastic foliage that heralds spring with hot pink veined leaves held on purple petioles. Purple buds open to pink and chartreuse flowers that deepen as they mature. Summer foliage has bright, emerald green veining. Exceptionally long blooming. Naturalizes beautifully in woodland gardens. Grows 18-24 inches high and wide. Spreads slowly forming a nice clump.

How to Grow Hellebores

Hellebores prefer shady areas with rich, moist, but well-drained soil. They dislike the extremes of very dry or waterlogged soil. Some shelter from the cold winter winds is also recommended. Apply a layer of mulch each year to add further protection and preserve moisture. They are light feeders and don’t need much in the way of extra fertilizer, but a dose of all purpose fertilizer in early spring never hurts. To encourage more blooms, choose a fertilizer with a high middle number.

Caring For Hellebores

Hellebores benefit from a yearly pruning and cleanup. For most varieties, simply deadhead (remove) spent flowers after they bloom and trim away any foliage that is dead, damaged or diseased. Doing this is particularly important for diseased foliage as Hellebores sometimes suffer from leaf spot and the foliage can serve as protection for unwanted overwintering insects. For Hellebore foetidus and H. argutifolius you may also want to cut off the flowered stems at the ground level.

We recommend that you avoid moving Hellebores once planted as they resent root disturbance and tend to sulk. If you move them or damage the roots, expect it to sit there and do little for the next several months.

Note About Hellebore Availability

Please note that quantities of specialty Hellebores like the ones mentioned are limited. If you are seeking a specific variety, please call ahead, 604.882.1201, to confirm availability. At the time this article was written (mid-March), many varieties have already finished blooming; so while this years show may be over, it is still an excellent time to plant them for next year.


Thursday, November 14, 2013
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Perennials

I’m always excited about plant arrivals at the nursery –especially about Hellebores. Looking out the rain streaked window at the new hellebores gives me the urge to carve out a new garden bed. Actually to be accurate it gives me the urge to draw out a new garden bed and then hand the paper to hubby (gardening thug work makes an excellent Christmas present).

Helleborus Jacob

This newest group of Hellebores are almost ethereal and most definitely magical and some of them are coming home with me today to live in that new garden bed!

Hellebores love a moist, humic but well draining soil in part to full shade, many can tolerate full sun though that is not their preferred situation. Place them where you are likely to walk by in the winter so that you may enjoy the stunning display of blooms and foliage in the winter and early spring and guess what? They are deer resistant.Here are a few of our most recent arrivals.

Helleborus Platinum Rose & Helleborus Silver Dollar

Helleborus ‘Silver Dollar’

This beauty has silvery green slender toothed leaves with a silvery burgundy stems. The clusters of outward facing blossoms are a creamy green with dusky mauve and rose undersides. This one is also coming home to be paired with a silvery grass. I will give it a little space though as it has a bit of a skunky perfume. It grows to about 1 foot by 1 foot. Hardy to about Zone 6.

Helleborus ‘Platinum Rose’

This Sturdy specimen has large toothed evergreen leaves in a grey green with silver veining. The leaf stems are a black burgundy and elegantly long. The blossoms are a lovely pink, open to a cream colour and then change to a deep dusky rose. This variety grows about one foot with a spread of about 18 inches and is hardy to about Zone 5.

Helleborus Ice Breaker Prelude & Helleborus Monte Cristo

Helleborus x nigercors ‘Ice Breaker Prelude’

Another Gold Collection Variety with outward facing blooms, this time in soft cream with a lime centre line giving it an almost star like appearance. The blossoms age to green sometimes with a dusky pink overtone in cold weather. It will form a tidy clump to about 18 inches by 18 inches and is hardy to Zone 5.

Helleborus ‘Monte Cristo’

This more demure hellebore has soft sage green evergreen leaves with reddish stems. The blooms begin as clusters of teardrop shaped peachy pink buds and then open to a soft cream with peach undersides. This grows to about 11 inches with a spread of about 2 feet. Hardy to about Zone 5.

Helleborus Pink Marble

Helleborus x lividus ‘ Pink Marble’

Oh, my word. I don’t even care if this one blooms I am so in love with the leaves which are a heather green with bright silver marbling and deep rose undersides. Then it gets even better beginning with dusky pink round buds opening to a soft rose white, lime and pink blossoms. The stems are a lovely burgundy. This variety forms clumps about 1 foot high and about 1 foot wide. Hardy to about Zone 7 so I’ll plant this one close to the house and see how it does this winter.

 

 

Helleborus Jacob

Helleborus ‘Jacob’

This extremely floriferous variety is the early bird of the Hellebore world. Not only will it flower the first year, but the outward facing snowy white flowers have a slight fragrance! The blossoms gradually fade to a soft lime green and pink. The leathery deep green leaves form a compact mound and the clusters of flowers are bourne up above them. It will grow to about 1 foot by 1 foot and is hardy to Zone 4.

Add a touch of magic to your winter garden with an exotic looking Hellebore. Paired with ferns, mosses, wintergreen and an old weathered low birdbath and you will have yourself a spectacular early evening photo op!

As always, our selection of plants is always changing. Please call ahead to confirm availability, 604.882.1201.

Cheers, Laurelle


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