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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?

Happy Hellebores

May 11th, 2016

In my Ohio garden I had one hellebore (aka Lenten Rose) and I loved it. It grew beautifully and seeded down in a few spots. Eventually, I’d love to have a dedicated hellebore garden, until then I’ll make do with the few that I have here and there in the garden.
heleborus spring promise conny 1
heleborus spring promise conny 2
I have a lovely white and pink one, a dark purple one, and a green one that I brought from Ohio. I’m hoping that they’re finally mature enough to start producing seed so I can start growing my own seedlings. If you want to read more about these beauties and see lots of lovely images of a wide variety of colors, check out The Layered Garden. Even if you aren’t into hellebores, you’ll love the beautiful garden featured in this book.
heleborus spring promise purple
green hellebore
Hellebores are fantastic because they are evergreen and they bloom super early in the spring. I’m looking forward to having a dedicated hellebore garden someday in the future, they should do very well in one of the woodland areas. I should be able to cross pollinate these three plants to get a few interesting colors/varieties. Perhaps I’ll just move them all to one area of the garden and see what mother nature does on her own.

Do you have any plants that you are looking to have a garden area dedicated to?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.