A Hellebore Sampler II

helroyalheritage (287x300)Helleborus x hybridus ‘Royal Heritage Strain’ – A hybrid strain of Lenten Rose with variable blooms of white, pale yellow, vivid rose-purple (shown), greenish-white, pink, red or purplish-black. They flower from February through to April and prefer evenly moist soils (but not wet) in partial shade. Usually quite deer resistant. Grows 18-24″ high by 24-30″ wide. Zone 4.

helyellowjubilee (300x299)Helleborus x hybridus ‘Yellow Jubilee’ – Another of the Lenten Roses with slightly variable shades of pale yellow flowers with hints of green or fine maroon spotting. ‘Yellow Jubilee’ blooms from early February (in mild winters) through to April and has coarse mid green foliage. Older leaves can be pruned out in late winter. Grows 18-24″ high by 24-30″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

helpirouette1 (300x298)Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ – A reliably evergreen Hellebore with apple blossom coloured buds that open to creamy-white blooms that fade to a smoky pink, often with coppery highlights. The thick, glossy deep green foliage is contrasted by lighter green veining. Flowers from February to April. Grows 18″ high by 18-24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

helblackjubilee (300x286)Helleborus x hybridus ‘Black Jubilee’ – Too many gardeners pass up on the darker flowered Lenten Roses, and with its nodding blooms of deep purple to near black contrasted by golden-yellow stamens, ‘Black Jubilee’ is a truly worthy perennial. It flowers from February through to April and prefers a filtered or part sun exposure. Grows 14″ high by 20″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

helannasred (300x299) (2)Helleborus (Rodney Davey Marbled Group) ‘Anna’s Red’ – A truly remarkable inter-species hybrid that took 12 years to bring to market. It features large 3″ purplish-red blooms over evergreen foliage that is as beautiful as the flowers. New leaves emerge flushed with rose-pink veining while the mature foliage somewhat resembles MOONLIT MARBLE. Grows 18″ high. Z6.

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