A Hellebore Sampler

helmarylou (300x291)Helleborus x hybridus ‘SP Mary Lou’ – This tissue-cultured Hellebore features pale pink flowers (from February to March) with bold reddish-purple spotting. The benefit of purchasing cloned plants like ‘Mary Lou’ is that you get exactly what you want, as opposed to the unpredictable melange found in seed strains. Grows 18-24″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

helangelglow (300x295)Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Angel Glow’ – ‘Angel Glow’ looks like a more subtle version of ‘Pink Frost’ with pale pink blooms (from February to April) that emerge from rosy buds and darken as they fade (with green highlights). It is reliably evergreen with thick bluish-green foliage. ‘Angel Glow’ is a part of the Winter Royalty Collection. Grows 18-24″ high and wide. Zone 6.

helmardigrasdblmix (300x294)Helleborus x hybridus ‘Mardi Gras Double Mix’ – A double-flowered strain (occasional single blooms may appear) with a broad range of colours – including white, pink, rose and deep maroon – some with spotting. These flower from February to April and were bred by Charles Price of Seattle. They are usually an affordable option in doubles. 24″ high by 30″ wide. Zone 5.

helchampion (300x294)Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘HGC Champion’ (syn. ‘Winter’s Bliss’) – This hybrid hellebore is just as beautiful in bud as it is in bloom. The deep rose-pink flower buds open up to creamy-white blooms which retain a dark pink reverse. This Helleborus niger x Helleborus x sternii cross also has attractive glossy green foliage. Grows 15-22″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

helbridget (300x287)Helleborus x hybridus ‘SP Bridget’ – The muted cream and apple blossom pink tones of this cloned cultivar are subtle yet elegant. ‘Bridget’ is part of the Spring Promise Series and like all Lenten Roses, is deer resistant. A full morning or late afternoon sun exposure is preferred, although them seem quite happy in dappled sun. Grows 18-24″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

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