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Lenten Roses: Hellebores are here!

Hellebores are commonly known as Lenten Roses and get their names due to the fact that they typically bloom in the season of Lent. These cold loving perennials are largely evergreen which is why they can tolerate (and even love) the cold temps of early spring. 

The bloom of Hellebore is exquisite, and varies greatly depending on the variety. Blooms may include shades of  apricot, yellow, green, metallic blue, slate, dusky pink, maroon and white. In addition, petals may be spotted or picoteed, referring to the narrow band of darker color found on the edge of the petals. Some varieties feature double-petaled flowers, giving them a nostalgic rose-like quality.

Due to the beauty of the bloom, the long bloom time (March - Early May), and the large selection of varieties, Hellebores are a highly collectible perennial. Here are a few of our favorite varieties, that are in stock now at the garden center:

Sparkling Diamond

Winter Jewels

Pink Frost

Ivory Prince

Vavavoom White

Merlin

Frost Anna's Kiss

Metallic Blue Lady

Sun Flare

Champion

Additional varieties will be arriving throughout the spring.

Hellebore Care Tips:

  • Hellebores perform best when sited in partial shade in rich, moist, but well-draining soil
  • An annual application of manure or compost will help to boost the growth of your hellebores.
  • Provide plenty of water during spring and fall when they are actively growing. You can ease up during the summer because heat causes hellebores to go dormant.

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