Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy Hellebores

Right about now, I am ready for a happily flowering plant in the garden. Hellebores, often called the Lenten rose, fits that bill nicely.

Hellebores are a semi-woodland plant, so can be planted in partially shaded locations. Their foliage remains through the winter, but you may prefer to prune out the old foliage by late winter to see the blooms emerging anytime from January to April, depending on the locale's conditions.

Hellebores are best purchased while in bloom in order to accurately see the flower's color. Just look at the beautiful colors that are available.

For those of you in the UK, you may want to check out Harveys Garden Plants in Suffolk. Harveys is a family-run nursery that specializes in hellebores. Harvey has developed cultivars called Bradfield hybrids,  that have outward-facing blooms rather than the pendant (downward facing) blooms- a big plus in my book. Here are some of Harvey's hybrids:

Winter Sunshine

Bradfield Star White
Resembles clematis, wouldn't you say?

Bradfield purple/black
Love the color!

Do you grow hellebores in your garden?

[4-6 Photos by Richard Bloom]


  1. Hi Annie, I sure do and I love them. They are such a rewarding plant, long lasting and the leaves are fabulous for flowerarrangments. You are right, purchase them when they are in bloom. Wish we could find some of the up-facing varieties you mentioned here in the U.S.

  2. Yes Ann, I have some Hellebores, rather 'simple' ones but I adore them!

    The Hellebores on your images are to die for!
    Just so beautiful!



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