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’
'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 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.
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
'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’
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’
'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.
'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’
'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.
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’
'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.