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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Perennials

Hellebores are versatile, evergreen perennials and reliable winter blooming favourites. Winter is when they truly come into their own, providing colour when almost nothing else can. Most varieties flower from November until early spring. They are also deer resistant, make ideal woodland plants or groundcovers or they can be used as specimen plants in the garden or in pots. They can also be used as houseplants in cooler temperature homes. As we tend to be more indoors in the winter, plant them in a location where you can enjoy them during your daily travels. For example, near a walkway or entryway. Don’t bury them in the back of the garden where you may miss their spectacular beauty.

This year, Art’s Nursery is offering a multitude of new and interesting varieties including these nine:

helleborus ruse black

Helleborus ‘Ruse Black’

'Ruse Black' is a new exceptionally tall-stemmed Hellebore with rich, deep wine red flowers above vigorous clean foliage. This Miyoshi oriental hybrid selection displays consistent colour and form. A prolific bloomer for shady beds, borders and woodland gardens. 'Ruse Black' Hellebore flowers between February and April and forms a clump to 18 inches tall. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-9. Like most Hellebores it prefers a location with partial shade.

helleborus windcliff double pink

Helleborus Windcliff Double Pink Lenten Rose

Windcliff Double Pink Lenten Rose is a stunning double pink variety that is up and over all other varieties. Selected by Daniel J. Hinkley himself. Wonderful cool season colour with foliage providing year round interest. Blooms in late winter and early spring. Highly adaptable, deer-proof and rarely bothered by pests and disease. Prefers part shade to part sun. Grows to 15-18 inches tall and 24 inches wide.

helleborus cherry blossom winter jewel

Cherry Blossom Winter Jewels Lenten Rose

This gorgeous hellebore has large, semi-double blooms of rich pink with deep red cherry centers that nearly glow against neat clumps of deer resistant, evergreen foliage. This extremely vigorous strain is the result of over 15 years of hand breeding and selection. A perfect addition to shady beds and borders. Blooms from late winter to early spring. Grows 18-22 inches in height and up to 24 inches wide. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9. Best in part shade

helleborus marlon

Helleborus ‘Marlon’

'Marlon' is a Lenten Rose variety that offers blush rose buds that open to large cream flowers that age to green. Deep green foliage and cinnamon stems add amore interest. Compact grower to 18 inches in height and up to 22 inches spread. Best in beds, borders and containers in the shade or part shade. Blooms in late winter to early spring.

helleborus snow frills

Helleborus ‘Snow Frills’

Snow Frills Hellebore is a lightly fragrant, double, white coloured bloomer that ages to light green or blush pink in cool weather. Dark green leaves and burgundy stems provide additional interest. Great variety for beds, borders and pots as it only grows 9-12 inches in height and 12-14 inches across. Blooms in winter to early spring. Best in part to full shade.

helleborus spring promise elly

Helleborus Spring Promise ‘Elly’

'Elly' is a wonderful Hellebore variety with frilly, double, wine-colored flowers with dark veins. Leathery dark green foliage provides additional interest. Ideal in shady beds, borders and woodland gardens. Grows 18-24 inches in height and spreads up to 24 inches across. Blooms in late winter and early spring. Prefers part to full shade.

helleborus merlin

Helleborus 'Merlin'

'Merlin' is a delightful variety with light to medium pink flowers that age to a very dark burgundy. Deep green leaves have lighter veins and plum coloured stems. Deer resistant. Great for shade to part shade beds, borders and containers. Grows 10-13 inches in height and up to 15 inches across. Blooms in late winter and early spring.

helleborus gold collection mystery

Helleborus Gold Collection ‘Mystery’

'Mystery' offers rose buds that open to cream flowers with a rosy back. Blooms fade to green with a rose overlay. Dark green, compact foliage with a mounding habit. Great for beds, borders and pots. Deer resistant. Prefers shade to part shade with moist, but well drained soil. Grows 8-11 inches in height and spreads up to 15 inches.

helleborus gold collection jacob

Helleborus 'Jacob'

This Gold Collection® Hellebore is gorgeous both in leaf and flower, flowering the first year. It forms a low mound of leathery evergreen, toothed green leaves. Large, outfacing, slightly fragrant, single, pure white flowers appear in early spring. Flowers gradually age to a light green and in cooler temperatures are tinted pink. Stems are burgundy and strong. Emits a light fragrance from long lasting flowers. Avoid any pruning other than to remove dead or blemished leaves in spring. Mulch in order to maintain moisture in summer Prefers shade to part shade.

helleborus ice breaker prelude

Helleborus ‘Ice Breaker Prelude’

'Ice Breaker Prelude' delivers chartreuse buds and large, creamy white flowers that age to green. Grayish green foliage provides additional interest. Blooms in winter to early spring. Compact grower to 12 inches high and 18 inches wide.

How To Grow Hellebores

Hellebores are evergreen perennials that prefer shade to part shade conditions. Provide moist, well drained soils that is rich in organic matter. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Avoid disturbing their roots as they dislike being transplanted. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. If foliage begins to look tattered in summer, prune back to allow new growth to appear for next season.

If you have any questions about Hellebores or would like to add a couple toy our garden, please give us a call at 604.882.1201 or visit Art's Nursery in person. The best selection is mid-February through late March. Please call ahead to confirm availability if you are looking for a specific variety as our selection is always changing.


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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