Evergreen Hellebores IV

helsilvermoon (294x300)Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘HGC Silvermoon’ – This Hellebore blooms Jan to March in coastal BC, producing large creamy-white (2 to 3″ wide) flowers with a dusky pink reverse. These fade to pink with a lime green flush and are borne on reddish stems, with mature plants producing up to 20 blooms at a time. Silvery-green foliage. Grows 10-12″ high by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

helicebreakermax (300x299)Helleborus x ericsmithii ICE BREAKER MAX (syn. ‘HGC Winter’s Glow’) – This member of the Gold Collection is grown by tissue culture, so all plants will be identical. It produces (January to March) large outward-facing creamy-white blooms (flushed with a hint of lime) with elegant stamens. These are nicely contrasted by shiny green foliage. Grows 12-15″ high by 15″ wide. Zone 4.

helpacificfrost (300x299)Helleborus argutifolius ‘Pacific Frost’ (syn. H. corsicus) – This variegated Corsican Hellebore features leathery mid-green foliage that is generously dappled in cream, with some pink on the new growth. It bears smaller apple green flowers in terminal clusters from February to April. ‘Pacific Frost’ is quite sun tolerant and dislikes deep shade. Grows 18-24″ high by 24″ wide. Zone 6.

helpraecox300Helleborus niger ‘Praecox’ – This cultivar of Christmas Rose used to be the standard for early flowering (before ‘Jacob’ and ‘Josef Lemper’), but still occasionally buds and blooms in time for Christmas in coastal BC. It produces large white flowers with green centers and yellow stamens, usually starting around mid January. Dislikes transplanting. Grows 8-12″ high by 16″. Z5.

helwhitebeauty (300x291)Helleborus x nigercors ‘White Beauty’ – This cross of Helleborus niger and Helleborus argutifolius gives us the best of both with large single white flowers tinged with green (especially as they fade) and leathery mid-green foliage. It blooms from late winter into early spring and any winter-damaged foliage can be pruned out at this time. Grows 8-10″ high by 12-16″ wide. Zone 6.

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