Lenten Rose (Hellebore)

Hellebores make a great addition to the shade border
Hellebores make a great addition to the shade border

Zones: 4 to 9
Light: Shade
Bloom Time: Early Spring to Early Summer
Height: 12″ to 18″
Spread: 18″ to 24″

Hellebores are low-growing, clump-forming, easy-to-grow plants that start blooming really early in the spring, earning it the nickname ‘Christmas rose’ . Even in Canada, their flowers can be seen peeping out from the snow in February.

Once they start blooming, they have the added benefit that the blooms last for quite some time. In my South Carolina garden, the first flowers appear in February and are still going strong in April.

White Hellebores

The foliage is evergreen and low growing.

Which makes it a perfect plant for the front of a shady border or to use as a ground cover under trees and bushes.

Picotee Hellebore
Picotee Hellebore

The blooms range in color from cream, light green, speckled pink or burgundy to glorious double pink or white in the hybrid ‘Ellen’ series.

The only maintenance I do, is to tidy the appearance by removing any dead leaves.

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Double Hellebore

They have become very popular, which means new varieties are coming out all the time, like these ones with double flowers.

Purple Hellebore
Purple Hellebore

Or these purple ones.

The plants can be a little gangly in the summer. Planting them with something that comes out a little later and also likes the shade (like Hostas) will help provide some distraction.

Find more information about growing Hellebores HERE.

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