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Hello Hellebores

April 25th, 2018

In my Ohio garden, I have one hellebore and I LOVED it. Adding more to the garden has been a goal for a while, though I haven’t had a good place ready for them until now. I do have two beauties, the green one came with me from Ohio as a seedling, the dark one was acquired at the farmers market.

Hellebores (aka Lenten Rose) look delicate and lovely, but they’re really tough as nails. The leaves are super tough and the flowers aren’t as delicate as they appear. They enjoy the shade and are quite drought tolerant once established.

They will cross pollinate and produce seed, in some areas they will seed down and you’ll find tiny plants scattered around. I had them in Ohio, but haven’t found any here in my Maine garden yet. I may cross pollinate these two save the seed to see what comes out.

Now that I’ve cleared out under the old apple tree in front of the house, I’m planning on making that area a spring garden. It will be filled with things that are at their best in the spring, snowdrops, crocuses, hellebores, primroses, and other things I come across. It’s not a huge area, probably around 300 square feet, but I should be able to fit a nice selection of plants in there.

Do you have any hellebores in your garden?

6 Comments to “Hello Hellebores”
  1. JC on April 25, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I love them too! Only planted them in the last few years, those and bleeding hearts are my favorites.

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  2. Mc on April 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Yes, and I love them!

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  3. Jeanette on April 25, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I have several hellebores, and I would like to have lots more. They’re one of my favorite plants.

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  4. Christina Frutiger on April 25, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Yes, love them and they have the longest bloom time of most spring plants! Yours will be beautiful under your tree!

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  5. HKathy on April 26, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I don’t have any hellebores but have thought about getting one. I like your light green one much better than the dark one, so I will look for something like that.

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  6. mandie on July 1, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Recently obsessed, they sound ideal for my area and then I fell in love with Margaret Roach’s dark ones! Her green ones have a blush to them that I love! Definitely going to try and get some soon.

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