Lenten Roses / Helleborus x hybridus (syn. orientalis)

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Swirlin’ Skirts’ – This double-flowered Lenten Rose is a cloned cultivar, so there should be little or no variation. The ruffled double white blooms have a pale green center with fine purple spotting that adds a little panache. Helleborus x hybridus ‘Swirlin’ Skirts’ grows 18″ to 24″ tall by 24″ to 30″ wide. This hellebore is hardy to zone 5.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Apricot Blush’ – A beautiful colour breakthrough that is part of the Winter Jewels series, bred by Marietta O’Byrne of Oregon. This strain includes 3″ wide single blossoms of peach to apricot (some with dark nectaries) and irregular rose-pink edges, streaks or veining. Blooms from February to April. Grows 20″ tall and 24″ wide. Zone 5 hardy.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Metallic Lady’ – This seed strain is a little variable, so I would definitely pick out any new acquisitions while in bloom. The flowers range from a dark purple blue to a powdery reddish-blue, many with a distinct metallic sheen – all nicely contrasted by yellow stamens. ‘Blue Metallic Lady’ grows 18″ tall by 24″ wide, and is zone 5 hardy.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘White Lady Spotted’ – One of my favourite hellebores due to its vigor, mine bulked up to a mature specimen in just 3 years. The slightly pendant single white blooms are generously spotted in deep maroon – although with some variation, as it is a seed strain. I prune my tatty winter leaves back just before the flower buds emerge and it looks great for the rest of the year. Grows 18-24″ tall by 24-30″ wide, and is zone 5 hardy.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Berry Swirl’ – The pendulous double blooms of ‘Berry Swirl’ are not only deer resistant, but they keep coming for 3 months from late winter right into spring. The variable pink, orchid or reddish flowers have cream highlights and darker picotee edges and veining. This Lenten Rose grows 18″ tall to about 24″ wide, and is zone 5 hardy.

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